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A pilot who spent $11 million to search for Amelia Earhart’s missing airplane thinks he might have found it.

It’s been missing for 87 years, so this would be quite the find.

Lost for Nearly a Century

Earhart along with navigator Fred Noonan were last seen when they took off from Papua New Guinea on July 2, 1937.

The pair was expected to refuel at Howland Island before continuing the trip.

That never happened.

People reports, “Have the remnants of Amelia Earhart’s plane finally been found? One crew searching for the long-lost wreckage believes they found it at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.”

“Over the weekend, Deep Sea Vision revealed its discovery of ‘what appears to be Earhart’s Lockheed 10-E Electra,’ which they found after scanning ‘more than 5,200 square miles of ocean floor,” People noted.

The story continued:

In September 2023, a 16-person crew with Deep Sea Vision launched their search for the wreckage from Tarawa, Kiribati, a port near Howland Island, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

About 30 days later, the crew captured a sonar image resembling the shape of an airplane within 100 miles of the island, Business Insider and Today reported.

Along with their announcement on Saturday, Deep Sea Vision shared an image of the plane-shaped object on its social media pages.

A Major Discovery, if True

“Although it remains unseen if the image seen on sonar really is the wreckage of Earhart’s missing plane, Tony Romeo, the pilot and real estate investor who led the search, told Today that he is confident the debris is connected to the crash,” the story added. Rpmeo said, “There’s no other known crashes in the area, and certainly not of that era or that kind of design with the tale that you see in the image.”

Hopefully they know more in the future.

But if true, after nearly nine decades, finding Amelia Earhart’s missing plane would be quite the discovery.