The Search for the Wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra Has Begun
- The search for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra has begun near the reef slope off the west end of Nikumaroro, an island between Hawaii and Australia where the legendary aviator may have landed and died as a castaway 75 years ago.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is carrying the search. Since their arrival aboard the oceanographic research ship four days ago, researchers have tested the equipment, solved some technical problems and dived. Many flat coral surfaces with right angle corners resulted in numerous false alarms. During a number of missions researchers so far identified only debris of the British steamer SS Norwich City, which went aground on the island's reef in 1929. The main body of the wreckage, bent and twisted steel and iron, rests on the ocean bottom at 980 feet.
No plane debris has been found yet.