I wonder if the navigator died in the initial crash and she was alone on the island. Very sad and scary for her if that's the case.
Just how big are coconut crabs? That article makes them sound pretty scary.
Basically they were flying blind at the end. They had to land on a very small island to refuel, but the island was only about a mile wide. So it was very difficult to see it from the air. They ended up missing it by several miles, and were circling in the sky to try and find it when they ran out of fuel. If Earhart had used radar, she wouldn't have had any problems.
Coconut Crabs are huge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_crab
It is a highly apomorphic hermit crab and is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers to eat the contents.
Reports about the size of Birgus latro vary, but most references give a body length of up to 40 cm (16 in), a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb), and a leg span of more than 0.91 m (3.0 ft), with males generally being larger than females. There have been reports in the literature of specimens measuring 6 feet (1.8 m) across the thorax and weighing 30 pounds (14 kg). They can live more than 30 years
Like the Black Dahlia case, I just don't think there will ever be closure in Amelia Earhart's disappearance. I think most likely, her plane crashed into the water.
Anyone else noticing the parallels between Amelia and Abby Sunderland? Both on quests to go around the world to set some kind of a record or prove some kind of a point. Thankfully Abby's story has a happier ending.
I think it's part of our nature to want to push boundaries and be "the best" or "the first" or "the youngest" to do something. We're all fascinated with it. Otherwise there wouldn't be a market for the Guiness Book of World Records or an Olympic movement.
Stupid? Yeah, sometimes. A lot of what thrill seekers, record seekers and even athletes do defies any kind of logic or common sense.
Back in the 70s & 80s there was a Irish/Folk group called 'The Morgans' that played in the Hartford, CT area. They did lots of Irish songs and some seafaring songs (What do you do with a Drunken Sailor). The first song of every set was one I think they wrote. Not sure of the name, but everyone spent time in the first half and the break making paper airplanes with some old Irish newspapers.
Lyrics were.... Miss Amelia Earhart, first lady of the sky, she may not have an airplane, but she sure knows how to fly....... (while paper airplanes are flying in the bar)
Great memories going to a bar every Sunday evening hearing them play.
To me Amelia Earhart's was abducted by aliens and put to sleep and will be found in the 24th century by USS Voyager and be part of the 'New Earth' 70 thousands light years away.
When I'm old, I don't want them to say of me, "She's so charming." I want them to say, "Be careful, I think she's armed."
Fact of Life: After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says W T F
Wait - how long does it take a dead body to decay until the bones are exposed, factoring in high tropical humidity?