The missing Malaysian flight 370 mystery is being compared to the Amelia Earhart mysterious disappearance several decades ago. The infatuation of finding the resting place of Amelia Earhart, her navigator Fred Noonan and her plane continues today, over 75 years since it fell off out of the sky, according to Fox News on April 2.
On July 2, 1937 Amelia’s plane became a mystery that would make headlines periodically for the next 75-plus years. There is not a glimmer of hope left of ever finding Earhart alive, but much like during the early days of Earhart’s disappearance, the theory that the Malaysian passengers are alive somewhere is staying afloat.
The theory gets more fuel with every day that passes without so much as a candy wrapper found from the ill-fated Malaysian flight.
Both Earhart’s plane and the Malaysian plane were assumed downed in the ocean, but nothing resembling wreckage of either flight has ever been found. Just like with Earhart’s last communication, the Malaysian plane was far out to sea and ships and even planes couldn’t get there right away when contact was lost.
The Malaysian plane lost radio contact, but the plane was flying for several hours longer, as the “pings” from the plane captured by satellite indicated . When Earhart lost communication, hours later a Honolulu commercial station, KGMB, was trying to get Earhart on the airwaves, asking her to respond to their voice on a frequency that was assigned only for her flight. They did get radio transmissions, but was it her making those transmissions? The Coast Guard also picked up those transmissions.
Paul Mantz, Earhart’s San Francisco-based technical advisor said that if it was indeed Earhart making those transmissions, she had to be on land. This was just the start of the many theories that would jump between Earhart landing in the ocean and making a safe touchdown on land.
The one constant from back in the early days of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance that has carried through to today’s theories is Nikumaroro Island. Back in 1937 it was known as Gardner Island, but this remote island in the Pacific Ocean is believed to be the spot where Earhart not only landed, but lived out the rest of her life.
Modern day searches have found evidence that Earhart and Fred Noonan, her navigator, might have lived out their final days on that island. Read about what was discovered and why the search parties keep going back go Nikumaroro Island even today in the story below.
While Amelia Earhart’s plane was never found, will missing flight 370 be in the same boat decades from now, even with all the modern technology attached to the plane that Earhart’s plane didn’t have?
The luxury of having technology to make it easy when looking for a downed plane hasn't helped flight 370 today. Transponders, black boxes, pings off satellites, these were futuristic items back in 1937, but even though they are used today they are not proving to be much help in finding today's aviation mystery flight.
Even the recent searches for Amelia's plane using modern day technology has turned up nothing. California's Waitt Institute sent down a pair of AUVs in 2009 that surveyed more than 2,000 square miles of South Pacific ocean bottom.
The search lasted over 72 days but went down in history as another unsuccessful search for Amelia Earhart's plane. Many today are saying this is what the missing Malaysian flight will be like as decades pass, another Earhart-like mystery.