Amelia Earhart distress calls

The mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart has captivated people since her July 2, 1937 disappearance when she was trying to become the first woman to fly around the globe. But, there were plenty of clues at the time that weren’t properly pieced together.

Dozens of people around the world apparently heard Amelia Earhart’s distress calls after her plane crash-landed somewhere in or around the Pacific Ocean. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has been investigating Earhart’s disappearance for decades and have made serious breakthroughs recently that may have finally cracked the case.

When her plane went missing, a request was made for anyone able to listen to the frequencies she had been using on her trip. Those who did report hearing the famed aviatrix calling for help. The distress calls suggest the plane landed in the water, leaving Earhart and her injured navigator Fred Noonan stranded on a reef.

A couple hours after the crash, a station involved in the search heard the word “Earhart.” Later on that night, a Texas woman said she heard Amelia say she was “down on an uncharted island – small, uninhabited” and the plane was “part on land, part in water.” Earhart was also saying that Noonan needed help because of his injuries.

A Kentucky woman also heard Earhart’s distress calls saying the plane was in the water. She reportedly heard the aviatrix say, “Our plane is about out of gas. Water all around. Very dark.” Earhart then mentioned approaching storms before saying, “Will have to get out of here,’ she said. ‘We can’t stay here long.”

The calls appear to have originated from Gardner Island. Today, Gardner Island is called Nikumaroo. TIGHAR’s executive director Richard Gillespie states that radio calls were sent when the motor of the plane was running. This was only possible during low tide on the reef where they were believed to have been stranded. The timing of the distress calls lines up to low tide where they are now believed to have been.

‘The only sensible thing to do was to only send radio calls when the engine was running and charging the batteries. But on the reef, the tide comes in and the tide goes out,” Gillespie wrote in a recent paper.

Amelia Earhart

A male’s voice was heard on July 3rd, signaling that Noonan was still alive the day after the crash. The following day, a Wyoming teen heard a man and a woman say the plane was on a reef. Amelia asked for anyone listening to “tell husband alright.”

Florida teen Betty Klenck heard one of the last distress calls. Noonan was complaining about his head and being a bit unreasonable. Amelia and her navigator were discussing the rising water and Amelia was swearing. Betty took detailed notes about what she heard and was aware of information that she wouldn’t have known otherwise.

In one of the last calls, Canadian Thelma Lovelace heard Earhart say, “Can you read me? Can you read me? This is Amelia Earhart. This is Amelia Earhart. Please come in.” She then gave latitude and longitude which Lovelace lost. “We have taken in water, my navigator is badly hurt. My navigator is badly hurt. We are in need of medical care and must have help; we can’t hold on much longer,” Earhart continued.

The distress calls were not heard after July 7th, leading Gillespie to believe the plane washed over the reef and sunk to the bottom of the ocean sometime between that day and July 9th.

Researchers continue investigating what happened to Amelia Earhart. They are on a mission to find the missing pieces to this puzzle. They plan to search the waters off that reef in hopes of finding her plane.

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Source: Inquisitr

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