Disappearance of Aviator Amelia Earhart May Finally Be Resolved
Former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Tony Romeo may be on the verge of unraveling one of the biggest aviation mysteries. He claims to have identified the potential plane wreckage of Amelia Earhart, the world’s first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, using sonar data from a deep-sea drone. The aviation pioneer’s disappearance nearly nine decades ago has captivated the world, inspiring Romeo, now the CEO of private exploration company Deep Sea Vision, to embark on a mission to locate the long-lost aircraft.
Romeo’s mission, scheduled for launch later this year or in the following, aims to succeed where a massive U.S. search failed in 1937. “She’s America’s most famous missing person, right? As long as she’s missing, there’s always going to be somebody out there searching,” Romeo expressed, emphasizing the widespread interest in solving the 87-year-old mystery.
Amelia Earhart, who achieved several historic milestones as an aviator, disappeared over the Pacific in 1937 while attempting to fly around the globe alongside navigator Fred Noonan. If she had been successful, Earhart would have been the first female pilot to achieve this feat. Numerous investigations into Earhart and Noonan’s disappearance have occurred, but the cause and location of their presumed crash remains unknown. Romeo believes the wreckage lies more than 5,000 m beneath the ocean surface, about 160 km from Howland Island, a small uninhabited coral island in the Pacific Ocean.
According to Romeo, sonar images revealed a plane-like shape on the ocean floor, igniting optimism within the 16-member Deep Sea Vision crew. They depicted a plane consistent with the size and distinct features of Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, including the twin vertical stabilizers on the tail.
Romeo speculates that Earhart may have run out of fuel and executed an emergency landing on the ocean surface, the aircraft subsequently sinking to the ocean floor. The site, located halfway between Hawaii and Australia, has seen little disturbance from light currents, preserving the potential wreckage for decades.
“The first step is to confirm it,” Romeo stated. If confirmed, the following steps would involve raising the wreckage to the surface and restoring the plane. However, Romeo acknowledges that this process could extend over several years.
Aside from Earhart’s mysterious disappearance, there are many similar aviation cases that the deep-sea drone may one day resolve. Most notable of which is the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The international passenger flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew had vanished from radar over the Indian Ocean.
Luis Apolo Staff Reporter
1. What does Tony Romeo claim? What is Romeo inspired to do now, according to paragraph 1?
2. What is said about Amelia Earhart's disappearance in paragraph 3?
3. What does Romeo believe about the wreckage?
4. What does Romeo speculate about Earhart?
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