The longstanding mystery surrounding Amelia Earhart’s disappearance may be on the verge of resolution thanks to recent underwater explorations. A team led by Tony Romeo, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and the chief executive of Deep Sea Vision, announced they have found compelling sonar images of what appears to be the wreckage of Earhart’s plane in the Pacific Ocean. This discovery was made using high-tech unmanned underwater drones, with the object located more than 5,200 square miles of the ocean floor, roughly 100 miles off Howland Island, positioned about halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The area surveyed lies at depths exceeding 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), presenting significant challenges for recovery and identification efforts.
The shape and size of the object detected by Romeo’s team closely align with the specifications of Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, including distinctive features such as its twin vertical stabilizers. Romeo expressed confidence in the findings, suggesting that the combination of shape, size, and location makes a strong case for the object being Earhart’s long-lost aircraft. The team plans to conduct a targeted exploration mission to the site later this year or next, aiming to confirm the identity of the wreckage and, if possible, recover it.
This potential breakthrough comes nearly a century after Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Despite extensive search efforts in the immediate aftermath and numerous theories proposed over the decades, the fate of Earhart, Noonan, and their aircraft has remained one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries. The discovery by Deep Sea Vision could finally offer closure to a story that has captivated the public imagination for generations.