New search to find Amelia Earhart wreckage

Theory suggests pilot may have survived

Team Set For A New Search To Find Amelia Earhart Wreckage

After nearly 80 years since her disappearance, an expedition team is to launch a search for the plane wreck of legendary flying pioneer Amelia Earhart.

The team from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) hopes to find plane wreckage and other artifacts belonging to the female pilot later this month on their two-week expedition.

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. But during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe around the equator in 1937, she disappeared.

It's commonly believed she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific. Though it's now thought this may not be true.

The expedition will search for evidence to support the latest theory that the pair survived a crash landing on the uninhabited island of Nikumaroro, and may have lived their for weeks.

Nikumaroro island is an uninhabited South Pacific atoll in the republic of Kiribati in the western Pacific Ocean.

The team will use a remote-controlled deep underwater system to look for wreckage and a dive team will survey shallower areas. Some of the team will look for evidence of a survival camp on land.

The hunt for the plane wreckage is supported by new research which suggests that a piece of aircraft debris recovered in 1991 from Nikumaro is the first physical evidence of Earhart's plane.