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Shadows indicate that the object is higher on the southwest downhill side. A lesser return extends northeastward for about feet. The anomaly is described as being "definitely not a rock" and shows "drag markings" meaning it hasn't reached its final resting place just yet meaning it hasn't always been there. Even better, the anomaly in the sonar image seems to be the right size and shape of Earhart's Electra plane and fits with the debris field picture we saw last year. Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, says that the evidence they have found suggests that Earhart made a safe landing on the dry reef and sent distressed signals but never heard back, eventually living life as a castaway.

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TIGHAR theorizes that's because her plane was knocked off its landing gear on the reef and pushed into the ocean by waves before Navy search planes came to find her. This soon led to a series of flights across the United States and drew her into the movement that encouraged the development of commercial aviation. She also took an active part in efforts to open aviation to women and end male domination in the new field.

In January she made a solo flight from Hawaii to California, a longer distance than that from the United States to Europe.

Earhart's Electra: New Eyewitness Evidence

Earhart was the first person to fly that hazardous route successfully; all previous attempts had ended in disaster. She set out in to fly around the world, with Fred Noonan as her navigator, in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. After completing more than two-thirds of the distance, her plane vanished in the central Pacific near the International Date Line.

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Although her mysterious disappearance has since raised many questions and much speculation about the events surrounding it, the facts remain largely unknown. King Minos of Crete imprisoned Daedalus and Icarus in the Labyrinth to punish Daedalus for helping the hero Theseus to kill the monster called the Minotaur and to escape with Minos' daughter, Ariadne.

Daedalus knew that Minos controlled any escape routes by land or sea, but Minos could not prevent an escape by flight. So Daedalus used his skills to build wings for himself and Icarus. He used wax and string to fasten feathers to reeds of varying lengths to imitate the curves of birds' wings These are the "beautiful foolish arms' in 'Amelia'.

When their wings were ready, Daedalus warned Icarus to fly at medium altitude. If he flew too high, the sun could melt the wax of his wings, and the sea could dampen the feathers if he flew too low.

Once they had escaped Crete, Icarus became exhilarated by flight. Ignoring his father's warning, he flew higher and higher. The sun melted the wax holding his wings together, and the boy fell into the water and drowned. Daedalus looked down to see feathers floating in the waves, and realized what had happened. The image would corroborate witness accounts who have previously said they saw the Electra aircraft land and the pair in custody, History says. It also supports speculation surrounding pieces of metal discovered in , which were thought to be a part of the plane.

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Unexplained shadow ft under Pacific could be Amelia Earhart’s missing plane | The Independent

Amelia Earhart's death has remained a mystery for 80 years. But other experts aren't convinced the image proves much of anything.

The Smithsonian's position, according to Cochrane, follows the commonly held belief that Earhart and Noonan had communications problems and couldn't find Howland Island. They then ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean somewhere near there, she said.

Anything further than that is largely unproven theorizing, she said. It's not the attention grabber," she said. That's just wishing her a speedy end rather than a nasty one.

Cochrane said she has seen the new photo from the History documentary and called it "interesting" but "not definitive. Amelia Earhart's last chapter was as a heroic castaway.