Examination of high-definition underwater video obtained from the Pacific island of Nikumaroro has revealed what appear to be pieces of aircraft wreckage that might have come from Amelia Earhart's plane, according to researchers from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, commonly known as TIGHAR. Although the pieces may not be readily apparent to the naked eye in the images, forensic scientists say they could be a pulley, a fender and a wheel.
The location of the presumed wreckage coincides with what appears to be a plane's landing gear sticking up from the water in a controversial 1937 photograph taken by British Colonial Service officer Eric R. Bevington three months after Earhart was lost.
Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were attempting to fly around the world when their craft was lost after they departed from Papua New Guinea on July 2, 1937. It is presumed that they ran out of gas and either crashed into the ocean or landed on a small island. Most speculation has centered on Nikumaroro -- formerly known as Gardiner Island -- in the Republic of Kiribati. Researchers from TIGHAR have made several trips to the island searching for evidence of Earhart's fate, but have found little other than 13 human bones, the remnants of what might be a jar that once held Dr. C.H. Berry's Freckle Ointment, a woman's shoe, an empty sextant box, a broken pocket knife and a piece of rouge. Earhart was known to hate her freckles.