It was believed last week that one of history’s most confounding disappearances had finally been solved.
…doesn’t look like it.
Experts released a photo they alleged showed Amelia Earhart alive in the Marshall Islands after her plane vanished on an around-the-world trip in 1937. But now, a Japanese blogger is debunking the discovery.
Producers with a History Channel documentary recently found the picture in the National Archives and promoted it as new evidence indicating Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, survived a plane crash. The image, they figured, supported the long-held theory that the duo wrecked their aircraft and were subsequently captured by the Japanese.
However, on Tuesday, a blogger who has been identified as military history buff Kota Yamano published a post showing the image in question from a book published in 1935 – two years before Earhart even left on her trip.
With this finding, reps for the History Channel said they were “exploring the latest developments” about Earhart, noting that “ultimately, historical accuracy is most important to us and our viewers”.
Yup. Trouble is, how accurate can you BE when the subject matter is engulfed in the unknown? ~ Jason