The reef at Nikumaroro, Republic of Kiribati is pictured in 1937 handout photograph. This island is reported to be near the crash site of Amelia Earhart. (Photo : Reuters)
The mystery of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan could finally see a conclusion due to latest video and images for an upcoming documentary special.
Multiple objects were discovered in the Pacific Ocean, off the country of Kiribati's Nikumaroro Island.
High-definition video captured by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) might have found wreckage of the flight that disappeared 75-years-ago. The underwater efforts started back on July 12 and utilized the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and the Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) for the search.
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As Discovery noted, the AUV collected a volume of multi-beam and side-scan data while the ROV produces high-definition video with depths reaching 3,300 feet.
TIGHAR officials had hoped to find large pieces of the plane's wreckage but ocean conditions in Kiribati have made efforts difficult. The environment was turbulent at one point that search efforts were called off half-way through the 10 day mission.
"We had, of course, hoped to see large pieces of aircraft wreckage but as soon as we saw the severe underwater environment at Nikumaroro we knew that we would be looking for debris from an airplane that had been torn to pieces 75 years ago, said TIGHAR's Executive Director Ric Gillespie.
TIGHAR's Forensic Imaging Specialist Jeff Glickman told Discovery News that upon reviewing 30-percent of the search effort's video, they have identified what appears to be "an interesting debris field."
Earhart and Noonan went missing in 1937 during an expedition to fly around the world and are highly reported to have crashed along the Pacific Ocean. The two were pronounced dead in 1939.
The search itself is being filmed for the Discovery Channel's documentary titled Finding Amelia Earhard: Mystery Solved?