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Amelia Earhart Eaten By Coconut Crabs Of Nikumaroro?

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By shantanu October 27th, 2009

The first women to ever receive the ‘Distinguishes Flying Cross’, Amelia Earhart disappeared while she was attempting to fly around the world at the equator on 2nd July, 1937. How she disappeared, and where she disappeared to was unknown. However, discoveries show, that Earhart along with her navigator had to make a forced landing on the island of Nikumaroro. This is shown by some artefacts discovered by TIGHAR. TIGHAR is ‘The International Group for Aircraft Recovery’.

TIGHAR’s executive director, Richard Gillespie, has been searching the island of Nikumaroro along with his crew. He is also the author of a book named ‘ Finding Amelia.’ The island is about 300 miles southeast of the place where Earhart was headed i.e Howland island.

According to him, there is no evidence that the plane crashed in the ocean. It is more likely that Amelia and her navigator made a landing on the island to become castaways and eventually die there. “If Amelia died on Nikumaroro, her body was eaten by crabs. That’s pretty much a given.” The crabs were not ordinary crabs but known as coconut crabs. Richard says that next year he will be headed to the island on a new expedition funded by $500,000. “We know that in 1940 British Colonial Service officer Gerald Gallaghar recovered a partial skeleton of a castaway on Nikumaroro. Unfortunately, those bones have now been lost.” Records show that these bones were found in the island’s remote place. The crabs may have also eaten the plane’s wreckage but there is no evidence of that.

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