Newly Analyzed Sonar Images Hint at Crash Site of Amelia Earhart's Plane

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A recent analysis of sonar images taken during a 2012 visit to an uninhabited Pacific Island reveal that Amelia Earhart's plane may have crashed there.

The island is Nikumaroro. For years, researchers have speculated that her plane went down at the island, landing on some reefs. And now, they finally may have proof of it. 

They have analyzed grainy sonar images which show an object 600 feet below the water's surface. They call it an "anomaly," something not of nature. 

"The most prominent part of the anomaly appears to be less than 32 feet long," the International Group for Historic Aircraft (TIGHAR) said. Earhart's plane was 38 feet and 7 inches long.

A Discovery report said that the anomaly "lines up nicely" with another debris field.

"If our theory about what happened is correct, this is exactly what we would expect to see in just the place we would expect to see it," TIGHAR said. 

The next step is obtaining funding for an "independent comprehensive analysis of all the sonar data obtained last year and a return trip to the island. 

"This target looks very promising. Definitely not a rock, it's in the correct location on the reef," researchers said. 

Sources: NBC, USA Today