A grainy sonar image highlights excitement and doubt over Earhart’s final flight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A grainy sonar image recorded by a private pilot has reignited interest in one of the most fascinating mysteries of the last century: What happened to Amelia Earhart when she attempted a round-the-world flight in 1937. His plane disappeared during?

Several expeditions yielded nothing, only confirmation that there were no traces of his twin-tailed monoplane in some parts of the ocean floor. Tony Romo now believes his new South Carolina-based marine exploration company has mapped out the iconic American Lockheed 10-E Electra.

Archaeologists and explorers are hopeful. But it remains to be seen whether the matted-haired pilot’s plane is at a depth of about 16,000 feet (4,800 meters). And there continues to be debate about the proper management of any object that is discovered.

Archivists hope Romo’s Deep Sea vision is closer to solving the puzzle – if for no other reason than to return attention to Earhart’s accomplishments.

However, the search continues for the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

How did Deep Sea Vision detect an object that could be Earhart’s plane?

Romeo wanted more adventure with his commercial real estate career. His father flew for Pan American Airlines, his brother is an Air Force pilot, and he himself holds a private pilot’s license. Coming from an “aviation family”, she had a long-standing interest in the Earhart mystery.

Romo said he sold his real estate stake to raise funds for last year’s search and to buy a $9 million underwater drone from a Norwegian company. The cutting-edge technology is called Hugin 6000 – a reference to its ability to penetrate the deepest layer of the ocean at 6,000 meters (19,700 ft).

The 16-person team began a nearly 100-day search in September 2023, scanning more than 5,200 square miles (13,468 sq mi)…

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