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Atoll targeted in latest Earhart search

July 14, 2007 at 4:46 PM

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- After 70 years, yet another hypothesis is being floated as to the final landing site of missing American aviator Amelia Earhart.

An expedition is heading for a remote South Pacific island the group believes could be the key to the riddle that began when Earhart disappeared as she neared the end of a round-the-world flight in 1937, The Telegraph reported Saturday.

The 15-member International Group for Historic Aircraft, which flew from Los Angeles to Fiji Thursday, will hunt for 17 days for some evidence Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, crash-landed on the long-uninhabited atoll of Nikumaroro, the British newspaper said.

The official version of Earhart's whereabouts is that she ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea.

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