AVIATION: Did She Die on Nikumaroro?

AVIATION: Did She Die on Nikumaroro?

The ominous silence after distress calls from Amelia Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed 10-E Electra in the Pacific in 1937 touched off one of aviation's greatest mysteries. Last week the FBI confirmed that a likely clue to her last landing site had been found. It was an aluminum map case recovered by a group of aircraft archaeologists on Nikumaroro, an atoll 420 miles southeast of Howland Island, her destination.

The FBI analysis of the breadbox-size container revealed that its paint was a type used at the time on civilian versions of a military navigator's case. The box could have fit exactly under the...

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