Wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Plane May Have Been Found in Pacific

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A former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer claims to have identified the wreckage of Amelia Earhart's plane, missing for nine decades, at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean using sonar data obtained from a deep-sea drone.

In an attempt to unravel an 87-year-old mystery, explorer Tony Romeo intends to initiate a mission later this year or the next to locate the long-lost aircraft, a task that a comprehensive U.S. search failed to accomplish in 1937.

"She's considered America's most famous missing person, isn't she? As long as she remains missing, there will always be someone out there searching," Romeo expressed. "If we can contribute to bringing closure to this story and bringing Amelia home, we would be extremely thrilled."

Amelia Earhart, an American aviator, achieved the milestone of being the first woman and second person ever to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic in 1932, following Charles Lindbergh's accomplishment five years prior. Alongside navigator Fred Noonan, she embarked on a journey to circumnavigate the globe when their plane disappeared over the Pacific. Her successful completion would have made her the first female pilot to achieve such a feat.

Romeo, the CEO of the private exploration company Deep Sea Vision, believes that the wreckage of Earhart's plane is situated on the ocean floor, submerged more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) beneath the surface, approximately 160 km (100 miles) from Howland Island, roughly midway between Hawaii and Australia.

According to Romeo, blurry sonar images captured by the deep-sea drone reveal a plane-like shape on the flat, sandy ocean bottom.

Last year, Deep Sea Vision's 16-member crew conducted an extensive search, covering over 13,400 square km (5,200 square miles) over the course of 100 days.

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