(KLCC) Photo analysis by a forensic imaging expert from suburban Seattle is backing up a new search for the pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart. Right now, a National Geographic expedition is at an uninhabited island in the South Pacific looking for Earhart's missing airplane.
Amelia Earhart was attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world when her plane went off course over the tropical Pacific and disappeared in 1937. National Geographic sponsored a research ship that is on location now at Nikumaroro Island, a remote coral atoll where Earhart and her navigator might have crash-landed and later died as castaways.
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One part of the expedition team is searching outward from a spot on the atoll's reef that looks to the untutored eye like nothing more than a smudge on a British officer's landscape photo taken three months after Earhart vanished. But to Jeff Glickman's expert eye, that smudge sticking up out of the waves is likely a piece of a Lockheed airplane's landing gear.