The mysterious disappearance of the aviation pioneer Emilia Earhart is a mystery that has broken the heads of many investigators. Along with being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, she also set many other records and wrote best-selling books about her flying experience. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Almost nine years after she successfully flew across the Atlantic Ocean, on March 17, 1937, she set out to become the first woman to fly around the world. Accompanied by her navigator Fred Noonan, their plan was made known to many ships and ports to help keep Earhart updated on the weather. No one thought that this would the journey which would cost Earhart her life.
Thought to remain a mystery forever, the case surprisingly reopened in the year 2017, when a picture of Earhart along with Noonan resurfaced. In an article by Northeastern University, the photo was claimed to be taken on the Marshall Islands which are a sprawling chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines. Sparking the search for the remains of the two aviators, the previously classified evidence came into the public light.
The journey was supposed to be of 40 days with several stops, starting and ending in California. On July 2, 1937, the plane, Electra, carrying both Earhart and her navigator, took off for a final flight. Due to strong winds, the communication between Earhart and the radio station was blocked which prevented them from knowing about the dangerous situation. The plane then mysteriously never reached the final destination on Howland Islands. It was believed that because of the strong winds, the pilots would have been forced to take a halt till the winds came down and this halt is popularly thought to be in the Marshall Islands. Adding to this, the people of these islands also claimed to have seen Earhart’s plane.
Even after strong evidence and eye-witnesses, nobody was ever able to find the remains of the two or their plane to confirm this theory. This event of the missing bodies was explained by some theorists who believed that the huge Coconut Crabs found on these islands would have carried their bones off in burrows.
However, this mystery remains unsolved even after the photo resurfaced. Yet, the story of legendary Emilia Earhart is still one that is told in school and museums dedicated to her.