Does newly found photograph prove Amelia Earhart survived crash?

Survived Her Final Flight Investigators Say

Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing, Newly Discovered Photo Suggests

One of the greatest mysteries in history may be solved.

In the image, Earhart has her back to the camera and is seen speaking to Noonan as they prepare to board a boat.

Investigators believe the photo, which they say may have been taken by a US spy, confirms that the iconic aviator was captured by Japanese military in the Pacific. In the photo, labelled "Jaluit Atoll" and likely taken around 1937, a man and a woman stand on a dock. The most widely held theory is that she crashed into the Pacific Ocean. History buff and retired federal agent Les Kinney says he found the "misfiled" photo in the National Archives, per People.

The discovery is featured in a new special, "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence", airing Sunday, July 9 at 8 p.m. on History. But no trace of the aviator, navigator Fred Noonan or her twin-engine Lockheed Electra airplane were ever found, confounding historians and fueling conspiracy theories ever since.

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Locals have long claimed to have seen Earhart's plane go down, though it would have to have been quite a bit off course to have reached the Marshal Islands.

Earhart was last heard on a radio broadcast to a Coast Guard: "Gas is running low".

Representatives from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, for example, told the New York Times they think Earhart landed on the island of Nikumaroro.

Here's that photo. The woman suspected of being Earhart is pictured sitting or kneeling in the middle of the photograph, wearing a white shirt.

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According to Ken Gibson, a facial recognition expert, Noonan's hairline was very distinct, as was his nose.

The History Channel's special will air on July 9. Additionally, a Japanese warship in the background also appears to be towing something that looks to be the length of Earhart's plane.

The two vanished during a round-the-world flight in 1937, presumed to have crashed into the Pacific Ocean and died.

The wider image shows the Japanese ship Koshu towing a barge with an object almost 40 feet in length - possibly Earhart's airplane? "It's a very sharp receding hairline".

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"We don't know how she died". For years, the Japanese Military has denied they knew what happened to Earhart. However, investigators said that the relevant records might have been among millions of other official records destroyed during and after the war.

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