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Researchers: Amelia Earhart spent final moments as castaway

Amelia Earhart standing by a plane dressed in overalls. Photo courtesy Flickr user Nationaal Archief. Amelia Earhart standing by a plane dressed in overalls. Photo courtesy Flickr user Nationaal Archief.
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New evidence suggests Amelia Earhart spent her final moments as a castaway on an island in the Pacific Ocean.

Researchers with the International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) said they matched remains found in 1940 to the famed pilot. However, the researchers admit the discovery does not prove conclusively that the remains belong to Earhart.

The researchers used modern techniques to compare measurements from the partial skeleton to a photograph of Earhart. They said the measurements of the two were "virtually identical."

Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. She accomplished the feat in 1932.

In 1937 she set out to become the first woman to fly around the world. She completed more than 75 percent of her flight when she and her airplane vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.

Researchers with The Earhart Project have theorized that Earhart made an emergency landing on an uninhabited island. They previously tried to link pieces of aluminum found on the island to Earhart's plane.

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