Storm grounds plane searching for Earhart

July 03, 1937

HONOLULU, July 3, 1937 (UP) - Naval headquarters announced that a snow and sleet storm, almost unprecedented in the South Seas, today forced back to Honolulu a giant Navy seaplane which left here last night for Howland Island to aid in the search for Amelia Earhart.

It was feared that this storm might have been responsible for the disappearance of Miss Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, after overshooting Howland yesterday in their twin-motored Lockheed-Electra.

Twenty-four hours since Amelia Earhart's disappearance in mid-Pacific passed at 4:55 P. M. today-with no word from her plane since 1:55 P. M. (New York time).

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