Is This Amelia Earhart's Plane? Debris from Wreck Found Off Papua New Guinea

Laura Geggel, senior writer for the popular website Live Science reached out to project director Chris Williamson to get his thoughts on the news regarding Bill Snavely's "Project Blue Angel" search that has been all over the world in the past ten days. Check out an excerpt of the article below and head to Live Science to read the rest.

In the late 1930s, a little boy on a Papua New Guinean island saw a plane — its left wing engulfed in flames — crash onto the beach. The little boy told his elders, but they didn't believe him.

Diver Tracy Wildrix inspects what may be a coral-covered aircraft wing spar at the crash site during an August 2018 expedition. Credit: Stephani Gordon, Open Boat Films

The tide quickly dragged the plane offshore and underwater, where it's now covered with coral. And it might not be just any plane: One amateur historian thinks it could belong to Amelia Earhart.

"We're still exploring to try to find out whose plane it is. We don't want to jump ahead and assume that it's Amelia's," said William Snavely, the director of Project Blue Angel, the group spearheading the project to identify the plane. "But everything that we're seeing so far would tend to make us think it could be."

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