Thursday, March 3, 2011

Is the Amelia Earhart mystery finally about to be solved? Diving team to explore plane wreckage at bottom of ocean - 3rd Mar 2011

Body of the downed plane was discovered in 2002 by fishermen, but they have been unable to get it because of a 20ft Poisonous Sea Snake.

A diving team is being put together in Papua New Guinea to swim down to the wreckage of a rust-and-coral-covered plane in the hope of solving one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries - the 74-year-old disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

The 40-year-old American and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared while attempting to fly around the world in 1937 in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra plane and most theories say they crashed near Howland Island in the central Pacific.

She and her navigator had completed 22,000 miles of the journey when they arrived at Lae in New Guinea, as the country was then known, and just 7,000 miles across the Pacific remained before they were due to land back in the U.S.