Amelia Earhart plane search becomes a U.S. mission

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On July 2, 1937, the legendary Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left  the Territory of New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) to Howland Island in the South Pacific. They never arrived.

Amelia Earhart (Photo Credit: IMLS DCC via Flikr)

Seventy-five years later, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in a ceremony Tuesday a joint public-private search for Earhart's plane.

The event, "Amelia Earhart, a Pacific Legacy," was broadcast live by the State Department's Tuesday morning--celebrating the U.S.' pan-Pacific ties.

The U.S. mission will start in July and all half a million dollars has been privately funded. They will be looking in the deeper waters near Nikumaroro between Hawaii and Australia.





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