Thanks for the request, @andersun! Always looking for an excuse to talk about Amelia Earhart. Also, sorry it took so long to write. I'm not a great person. @Boogie and @justjills I think you two were curious about this as well.
  1. Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly over the Atlantic Ocean alone.
    She's a badass!
  2. She disappeared on a flight on July 2, 1937, and was never heard from again.
    She was declared dead in absentia on January 5, 1939.
  3. There are a ton of theories about what happened to her and her copilot Fred Noonan, and most of them are pure speculation.
    Read her Wikipedia article if you want to know more.
  4. However, there is one that people have apparently been working on since 1998 (basically my whole life???) that is just now being revealed.
  5. This CNN article does a good job of summing it up. I originally read about it on a Yahoo article, but I think CNN is more reputable.
  6. If you don't want to read the article, I'll sum it up for you.
  7. In 1940, a skeleton was found on the island of Nikumaroro, Kiribati, and it might be Amelia Earhart's.
  8. TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) has been investigating the bones since 1998 to see if they match Amelia Earhart's.
  9. When the bones were first found, British authorities had dismissed that they might be Amelia Earhart's, concluding that they were male.
  10. However, in 1998, TIGHAR found the files and sent them to forensic anthropologists.
  11. They concluded that the bones were consistent with someone of Amelia Earhart's height and ethnic origin.
  12. And, they noticed that the castaway had an unusually large forearm, and they looked at photos of Amelia Earhart, and found that they were extremely similar.
  13. Also, it's been revealed that Amelia Earhart called for help 100 or so times between July 2, 1937, and July 6, 1937.
    This means her plane couldn't have crashed into the ocean because it would have destroyed the radio with it.
  14. When those distress calls were received, planes were sent to fly over the islands, and they didn't see anything.
    They think this was because Earhart's plane had already been washed out to sea, but she was still on the island.
  15. Three different archeological teams were sent out to the island where the bones were found, and they found evidence that Amelia Earhart survived on that island for weeks or months.
  16. They didn't find Fred Noonan's remains, so they believe that he died very soon after the crash and his remains were washed out to sea.
  17. To sum it up, there's strong evidence that Amelia Earhart died a castaway on an island, not by crashing her plane into the ocean.