The remaining wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane may have been located in the depths of the waters off the uninhabited coral atoll of Nikumaroro in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. Researchers have made this conclusion based on a review of high-definition video taken in the location believed to be the site of Earhart’s fatal crash 75 years ago.
The underwater search started on July 12 and relied on an AUV and an ROV. The AUV was used to collect multi-beam and side-scan data. For the ROV, Phoenix International Holdings, Inc., project managers for the Earhart Project, chose Clarenville-based SubC Controls 1Cam for the underwater camera. Capable of operating at depths of one kilometre, the 1Cam enabled them to gather many hours of broadcast quality high-definition video and high resolution digital stills of possible debris from potential wreckage site. The footage reveals a debris field consistent with what could be the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane.
The footage and analysis of what the images show was included in the program “Finding Amelia Earhart: Mystery Solved?” a Discovery Channel documentary that aired Sunday, Aug. 19.
SubC Controls has captured international attention for the quality of its underwater video and still images, creating a virtual revolution in underwater ROV imagery for industries as diverse as archaeology and offshore oil production.