July 15, 2012
The Hunt For Amelia Earhart’s Airplane Continues
Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
It has been three days since the arrival of the Ka´imikai-O-Kanaloa research vessel on the northwest tip of Nikumaroro, and the hunt for Amelia Earhart´s Lockheed Model 10E Electra airplane is moving forward with the ocean depths beginning to reveal its dark secrets to the world above.The project, spearheaded by Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), is scheduled to last roughly a month in the open waters near the coast of Nikumaroro, the hypothesized final resting place of Earhart´s plane.
The team members will continue to scour the steep craggy reef along the island hoping to find any evidence of manmade objects using a host of highly-sensitized equipment, including a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV - named Bluefin 21) .
TIGHAR is posting daily updates on its website, and any significant news on search issues, technical difficulties and significant findings may be found there.