UPDATE: Photo may not prove Amelia Earhart survived crash landing

Published: Jul. 5, 2017 at 11:03 PM CDT
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Update (Tuesday, July 11): A photo that was believed to prove Amelia Earhart survived a crash landing in 1937 is being refuted.

The photo supposedly shows Earhart in Japanese custody after her disappearance in the South Pacific. Now, NPR reports a Japanese history enthusiast did some studying, and claims the photo was actually taken in 1935.


A new documentary proposes that pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart didn't die without a trace 80 years ago this month.

Instead, the film argues that she and her navigator Fred Noonan crash-landed in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands, were picked up by Japanese military and that Earhart was taken prisoner.

The film also proposes that the United States government knew of her whereabouts and did nothing to rescue her.

The disappearance of Earhart and Noonan in July 1937 has gained legendary status among the age's unsolved mysteries. By then she had already logged numerous aviation feats, including that of being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

"Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence" airs Sunday on the History channel.