Concern raised about timeline of Amelia Earhart documentary

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Workplace of Naval Intelligence/U. S. National Archives/ AP

This undated image found in the U.S. National Archives by Les Kinney reveals people on a dock in Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands. A brand-new documentary proposes that this image reveals aviator Amelia Earhart, seated 3rd from right, looking at what may be her paralyzed aircraft loaded on a barge.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017|4:19 p.m.

NEW YORK– A Japanese military history enthusiast has actually obviously weakened a brand-new theory that Amelia Earhart made it through a crash-landing in the Pacific Ocean throughout her historic attempted round-the-world flight in 1937.

The history blogger has published the same photograph that formed the backbone of a History channel documentary that aired on Sunday that argued that Earhart lived in July 1937– however the book the picture remained in was obviously published two years before the famous aviator vanished. The History channel is checking out the matter however supports its documentary.

The undated black-and-white photo is of a group of people standing on a dock on Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Among individuals appears to be a slim female with her back to the camera.

The documentary argued that it proved Earhart, in addition to her navigator Fred Noonan, landed in 1937 in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands, where they were gotten by the Japanese armed force and held detainee. The two-hour show drew a strong 4.32 million audiences, the greatest audience on cable for the week, inning accordance with The Nielsen Business.

The History channel stated Tuesday its detectives are “exploring the latest advancements about Amelia Earhart and we will be transparent in our findings.”

“Eventually, historic accuracy is crucial to us and our audiences,” it said in a statement.

In the documentary, the image goes through facial-recognition and other forensic testing, such as upper body measurements. Experts on the program claimed the subjects are likely Earhart and Noonan.

A retired federal agent stated he discovered the image in 2012 in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The blog writer said he found the very same image digitized in Japan’s National Diet Library however it has not been verified.

The disappearance of Earhart and Noonan on July 2, 1937, in the Western Pacific Ocean has been the topic of continuing searches, research and argument.

A longstanding theory is that the well known pilot ran out of gas and crashed into deep ocean waters northwest of Howland Island, a tiny speck in the South Pacific that she and Noonan missed out on.

AP investigative researcher Randy Herschaft added to this report.

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