Plane claim un­founded

Townsville Bulletin - - Cyclone Yasi: the aftermath -

A N e x p e r t has scotched c l a i ms t h a t t he 7 4 - y e a r - old mys­tery s ur­round­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of aviat i on pi­o­neer Amelia Earhart, pic­tured, has been solved in Pa­pua New Guinea.

P NG’ s P o s t Co u r i e r news­pa­per claims there are strong in­di­ca­tions an un­der­wa­ter plane wreck found in the tiny is­land re­gion of Bougainville is t h e Ameri c a n p i l o t ’ s m i s s i n g L o c k h e e d Elec­tra.

Earhart and her nav­i­ga­tor Fred Noo­nan van­ished while at­tempt­ing to fly around the world in 1937.

Amelia Earhart ex­pert Ric Gille­spie told the ABC the claims were ‘‘ silly be­yond de­script i o n’ ’ a nd t her e was ‘ ‘ sim­ply no way’’ the miss­ing plane crashed in PNG.

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