Expedition to solve 75-year-old mystery of Amelia Earhart planned for summer
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Expedition to solve 75-year-old mystery of Amelia Earhart planned for summer

California City : CA : USA | Mar 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM PDT
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The pilot Amelia Earhart disappeared during her flight 75 years ago and despite many efforts to locate her, no clue has been found up till now. She was flying around the world at the equator and aimed to make a record, but unfortunately disappeared on 2nd of July in the year 1937. Her plane could not be found after many attempts. Now, another attempt has been planned for the coming summer.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is going to conduct the mission in collaboration with the Discovery Channel. The search effort is also being supported by Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state. This mission is going to use advanced tools and equipment to carry out the search of the plane in the Pacific Ocean.

TIGHAR Executive Director Ric Gillespie has told about the new mission to search for the crashed plane. The search team is going to start their journey on the anniversary of Earhart’s vanishing on 2nd July and move towards the possible crash site.

"When we get there, in about eight days, we'll survey the general area with multi-beam sonar to create an accurate map of the undersea topography and prioritize the search area. Targets will be identified using high resolution, side scan sonar mounted on an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Finally, we will investigate suspicious looking targets using a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) with dual manipulators and color video camera system and lights," Gillespie shared the details of the mission.

The TIGHAR team is also analyzing the evidences that had been collected after the disappearance. The evidences showed signs of plane landing on a reef on an island. It was thought that the pilot might have landed on the island that was near the place of disappearance. Although no final conclusion has been drawn about this theory, the search team will look into this possibility as well during the next effort.

Hillary Clinton is giving special attention to the search expedition to assure the support from the State Department. “The event will underscore America's spirit of adventure and courage, as embodied by Amelia Earhart, and our commitment to seizing new opportunities for cooperation with Pacific neighbors founded on the United States' long history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region," the department said in a statement.

Another attempt to solve the mystery is being supported in the hope of reaching some definite conclusion regarding the tragedy.

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