Amelia Earhart, one of the most iconic aviation pioneers in history, might’ve never been found after her disappearance in 1937 but new evidence suggests she might’ve met her demise in a desolate island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
According to The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery or TIGHAR, they have recovered a scrap of aluminum from the island and it could belong to the doomed pilot’s plane during her trip around the world.
The patch of metal was found in 1991 and according to records, was placed there during Earhart’s stop in Miami in 1937.
In an interview by Discovery News, Rick Gillespie of TIGHAR, says the metal patch with “its complex fingerprint of dimensions, proportions, materials and rivet patterns was as unique to Earhart’s Electra as a fingerprint is to an individual.”
Based on recovered artifacts, TIGHAR investigators believe that contrary to popular theory that her plane might’ve ran out of fuel and crashed to the ocean, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, might’ve made a forced landing on the island and were stranded there until they died.