posted on Jun, 11 2012 @ 12:15 AM
The best evidence available points to the two landing quite a distance away from Howland island, on a reef in the Pacific. Someone made a thread about
it the other day, and in it they linked to the artifacts and other physical evidence found on the island. This is the most logical conclusion as to
what happened to them, considering a skilled aviator would know when they were going to run out of fuel, and probably would have put the plane down
well before fuel was to run out...
It is known that they were completely lost. She was supposed to be receiving signals from a US coast guard ship, to help guide her into Howland
island, but it was clear to them that she was having trouble. The one big problem with the idea of them landing on this other island is that there is
no trace of the aircraft. In the other thread I believe it was concluded the plane was swept off of the reef by a large swell. The information in this
thread clearly corroborates the idea that they indeed landed somewhere in the pacific, on land, and were sending signals for quite a while
They would have to have stopped signalling if the plane was swept away, or if the batteries died. The one question I have if this scenario is accurate
is weren't there people living on this island? I could have sworn I read somewhere that the island had inhabitants, but I don't remember what the
time period was. I suppose they could have migrated there after the 30's...But usually that isn't how Pacific populations operate, to my
The saddest part of this tragic story is that the initial flight plan called for her and her navigator to fly first to Hawaii from the mainland US,
through the pacific, and then the route that was ultimately flown...After an accident in Hawaii, after crossing most of the Pacific, the feat had to
be started again, and she made the decision to put the Pacific leg of the journey at the tail end of the flight plan...It was known that she had
developed illnesses due to the conditions and lack of nutrition along the flight, so by the time they got to the Pacific, I'm sure they were pretty
exhausted and worn out. This could have played a role in why they got lost, but ultimately, picking one island out of the hundreds that dot the ocean
is next to impossible without sophisticated navigation equipment...
And they were still using a compass, sextant, and the stars in those days. Not ideal navigating for an area like the Pacific, where every single
island looks exactly the same as the last. I have always wondered WHY the coast guard didn't take these signals seriously...I mean WHO in the world
would be out in the middle of the ocean hoaxing signals? I say this was probably sheer stupidity on someone's part, but I do not know the whole
story. The US did end up making it to the right island if I remember correctly, but this was apparently long after they had died from exposure,
starvation, dehydration, illness, or a combination of the four.