New clues may solve Amelia Earhart mystery

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It’s been 77 years, but we’re no closer to finding out what ever happened to Amelia Earhart and her plane. Or so we thought.

There is a “high degree of certainty” that an object found in 1991 was in fact a piece of her lost plane, according to The Discovery Channel‘s news website. The research “strongly suggests” that the aluminum aircraft degree found on an uninhabited isle called Nikumaroro that is part of the Pacific republic of Kiribati is part of her twin-engined Lockheed Electra.

earhart 2According to researchers, the metal found was put on her plane during a stop in Miami on her round-the-world flight to replace a window.

“The Miami Patch was an expedient field repair,” Ric Gillespie, the executive director of the research group that made the discover, told Discovery News. “Its complex fingerprint of dimensions, proportions, materials and rivet patterns was as unique to Earhart’s Electra as a fingerprint is to an individual.”

The new evidence leads researchers to believe Earhart landed on the island and lived out her days there while trying to send out SOS signals.

For more on the miraculous discovery head over to Discover News here.

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