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Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

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One of the great mysteries of Americana may have been solved with the identification of a metal fragment as part of Amelia Earhart's plane.

Is dying on an island better than dying in a crash?

The breakthrough would prove that, contrary to what was generally believed, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, did not crash in the Pacific Ocean, running out of fuel somewhere near their target destination of Howland Island.

Instead, they made a forced landing on Nikumaroro' smooth, flat coral reef. The two became castaways and eventually died on the atoll, which is some 350 miles southeast of Howland Island.

Dying in the Pacific, end of story. Dying on an island, beginning of story. All kinds of disciplines will be engaged to theorize, investigate & ruminate over a mystery than has swung into the "solvable" column. We can make Cast Away II now. If they do find the wreckage next summer... Nikumaroro is going to be on the tourist map.

I find it not a little more than mildly staggering that the *specific* panel that was replaced in Miami... is the one that was discovered. Maybe it shook loose, not being original. Maybe it was carried differently by the tides, for the same reason. Maybe others were discovered, but passed over as common. Too many maybes.

I think your explanation for why that specific panel is spot-on.

And now that you mention it, the concept of them living on an island for a while is an interesting story and worthy of at least one screenplay. Perhaps they lived until a ripe old age.

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