TIGHAR’s Niku VII Expedition Concludes

The search for Amelia Earhart’s plane by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). The group spent the last nine days searching the waters around Nikumaroro Island using advanced sonar and ROV technology.

If you have been following TIGHAR’s daily reports, you know that the expedition has had some technical issues. Problems with the sonar technology and the ROV have not been uncommon. Despite these issues, the team was still able to collect a massive amount of data that they will begin to analyze on their return trip to Hawaii.

Yesterday was their final day at Nikumaroro, and their daily report indicates that they did not find any objects that appeared to be plane shaped, but some speculate that the plane may have broken up as it washed out to sea. If this is the case, they will need to analyze all the sonar scans and ROV images. This will be a challenge because there are pieces of the shipwreck of the SS Norwich City in the area.

The analysis of the data will certainly take some time, and I will post a full update as soon as their final report is published. In the meantime, you can continue to follow the expedition by visiting the TIGHAR website, reading their expedition reports, and following their Facebook page.



Filed under Amelia Earhart Project

2 responses to “TIGHAR’s Niku VII Expedition Concludes

  1. Aw! I was really hoping for a good result!

    • I was too, but don’t give up just yet. Like them, I believe that the plane may have broken up as it went out to sea. It is possible the sonar and ROV imagery may yield something, but we will not know until they get the data back to the US for full analysis.


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