Newly Discovered Photo May Prove That Amelia Earhart Survived Her Plane Crash

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Gather up history buffs, you’re really going to like this one right here.

It’s been more than 80 years since Amelia Earhart disappeared during her final flight, as many folks believe she and her navigator Fred Noonan just crashed and died. Well, not so fast, because now a newly discovered photo may prove that Earhart and Noon actually survived the crash and were captured by the Japanese.

The photo, discovered by a retired U.S. Treasury agent named Les Kinney, shows what he believes is Earhart and Noonan taken in 1937, the same year the famous pilot crashed while attempting a round-the-world flight. Kinney believes that this photo “clearly indicates that Earhart was captured by the Japanese.”

Experts believe the photo was taken by a spy before the Earhart and Noonan were imprisoned in Saipan, where they ultimately died. Take a look at the incredible photo below.

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Photo: COURTESY NATIONAL ARCHIVES/HISTORY

Here’s a closer look with Earhart circled:

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Photo: Les Kinney/National Archives

Plenty of people have their theories about what happened with Earhart, with one theory saying Earhart died as a castaway on the island of Nikumaroro, Kiribati. But now this new photo has people incredibly fascinated.

“When you see the analysis that’s been done, I think it leaves no doubt to the viewers,” Shawn Henry, former executive assistant director for the FBI told NBC News.

You can also see in the photo the Japanese ship, the Koshu towing what investigators actually believe could be Earhart’s Lockheed Electra plane.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and National Archives said they have no records of Earhart or Noonan ever being in their custody, but keep in mind that plenty of records from that time didn’t survive World War II.

If you want to hear more about this awesome photo The History Channel is airing a doc on July 9 at 9. p.m. to talk all about it.

Let the theories begin.

h/t Huffington Post

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