Amelia Earhart mystery: New evidence shows pioneering aviator survived landing on remote Pacific Island

A DISTRESS call received by an amateur Melbourne radio operator from pilot Amelia Earhart three days after her aircraft is believed to have ditched in the Pacific in 1937 has been assessed as “credible” evidence the famous aviator survived an initial crash-landing.

A dedicated group of US researchers, who have spent 28 years and millions of dollars piecing together the ill-fated Earhart bid to circumnavigate the world by air, say the transmission picked up by the Melbourne HAM radio operator and signed off by a “Mrs Putnam” (Earhart’s married name) is one of 57 credible emergency transmissions between July 2 — when her Lockheed disappeared — to July 7, 1937, the final radio contact.


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