Amelia Earhart’s Plane Located!?

( – After initially taking off on a groundbreaking journey only to vanish before reaching the end, the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance has intrigued people for nearly 90 years.

A pioneering aviator, Earhart got on a historic flight in 1937 with navigator Fred Noonan. Their mission was ambitious: to make Earhart the first woman to fly around the world.

They took off from Miami in a Lockheed Electra 10-E plane, but they vanished with just 7,000 miles to go to end their journey. The last known location was near the Howland Islands, nearly 2,000 miles southwest of Hawaii.

Despite thorough searches, Earhart, Noonan, and their plane were never found, as the National Women’s History Museum noted. However, the case may have a breakthrough decades later.

Tony Romeo, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer turned pilot and real estate investor, believes he has found Earhart’s plane. He told The Wall Street Journal that he sold his commercial properties to fund a search for the aircraft.

His efforts might have paid off. Romeo shared on Instagram sonar images of what appears to be an airplane-shaped object on the ocean floor. Experts say the location and pictures align with where Earhart’s plane could have disappeared, sparking renewed interest in the mystery.

Romeo is excited about the prospect, describing it as “maybe the most exciting thing I’ll ever do in my life.” His company, Deep Sea Vision, scanned over 5,200 square miles of the seafloor.

This is not the first attempt to solve the Earhart mystery. A forensic imaging specialist analyzed a 2009 underwater photo near Nikumaroro Island, which is suspected of showing a part of Earhart’s plane.

Alternative theories about Earhart’s fate also exist. Researcher Ric Gillespie told CBS News in 2018 about evidence suggesting Earhart might have landed on a South Pacific island and used her plane’s radio for help.

The signals were reportedly picked up, but the rescue mission was too late. Gillespie believes Earhart’s plane eventually washed into the sea.

Notable evidence in this theory involves bones found in 1940, which are now lost. In 2018, University of Tennessee anthropologist Richard Jantz stated that the bone measurements “are consistent with Earhart in all respects we know or can reasonably infer.”