Expedition Searching For Amelia Earhart’s Plane Continuing

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TIGHAR team to depart Fiji for Kiribati next month

TARAWA, Kiribati (Radio Kiribati, May 19, 2015) – The 14-person TIGHAR team will depart Fiji on June 8 aboard Nai’a for the five-day, 1,000-mile voyage to Nikumaroro Island in the Phoenix Group to conduct another search mission for Amelia Earheart’s missing plane.

According to TIHGAR website, Plan for Niku VIII consists of three types of search operations that will run concurrently over the next 14 days on the island and will include the use remotely operated underwater vehicles, or ROVs, scuba operations and onshore operations.

For the final four days at Nikumaroro the TIGHAR team will be joined by 60 passengers aboard M/V Fiji Princess for the Betchart Expeditions Amelia Earhart Cruise.

Four experienced TIGHAR members, including senior archaeologist Dr. Tom King, will be aboard Fiji Princess to serve as lecturers and guides.

Nai’a will arrive in Nikumaroro on June 13 and depart on June 26, arriving back in Fiji on July 1.

Born on July 24, 1897, Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937 during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra. Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean for which she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record.

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