Bones could solve Earhart mystery


A possible chip of human bone which could help prove that famed aviator Amelia Earhart died as a castaway (AP)

Three bone fragments found on a South Pacific island could help prove that famed pilot Amelia Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her quest to fly round the world.

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma hope to extract DNA from bones found by a US group dedicated to the recovery of the historic aircraft.

The fragments were recovered earlier this year on an uninhabited Pacific island about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii.

Earhart and her navigator were nearing the end of their round-the-world trip in their twin-engined Lockheed Electra 73 years ago when they vanished in the South Pacific.

Researchers say crews found other items near the bone fragments, which could also be from a turtle. The university says it does not know when the DNA tests will be completed.

Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, was 41 when she disappeared and was declared legally dead 18 months later.

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