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Famed pilot Earhart may have died as a castaway

By Staff Reporter

Amelia Earhart may have died after living as a castaway and not in a plane crash as was previously thought.

Researchers from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery revealed parts of a skeleton that washed up on the island of Nikumaroro in the Pacific Ocean may have belonged to the great American pilot.

She was a pioneer who became the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 when she landed in a field in Londonderry.

In July 1937 her plane went down off the coast of Howland Island, near Nikumaroro, during an attempt to fly around the world. Efforts to find Mrs Earhart's remains were unsuccessful at the time. The unidentified bones were first discovered in 1940, and experts said they now believe Mrs Earhart lived out her final days as a castaway stranded in the middle of the Pacific.

A comprehensive study of the area showed bonfires had been lit and fish bones left around by someone living on the atoll.

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