On the 75th anniversary of the ill-fated lost flight of Amelia Earhart, an aviator expert theorizes the aviatrix’s plane crashed when it lost too much airspeed while flying over the Howland Island in the Central Pacific.
It is the latest theory in a long line of others that hopes to explain just what happened to the missing Lockheed Electra 10 E, the world famous female aviator and her copilot and sole male companion, Fred Noonan.
‘The Don’t Stop to Ask for Directions Theory’
Ignoring her male companion’s advice that they should just keep going when it was evident that they were lost somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, the aviatrix who was at the controls at the time opted to slow down the plane instead. So she could ask if they were going the right way.
“She must’ve thought she could’ve safely slowed it down. Just enough to allow her to roll down her window, stick out her head and ask some natives on a nearby island for directions,” said Samuel Hammerhand, a retired Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigator, who came up with the new controversial theory.
“They were definitely arguing about stopping to ask for directions,” continued Hammerhand, using a new digital algorithm to analyze the garbled 3105 kHz radio frequency transmission recordings from the plane’s cockpit.
By then, Amelia and Fred were low on fuel and had lost all discernable radio communications with all naval ships and bases in the Howland Island vicinity and were flying by the seat of their pants.
Amelia, acting like a typical female, preferred to pull over and ask for directions, according to Hammerhand. While Fred, acting like a typical male preferred to continue the course they were flying.
In an interview Hammerhand conducted with the descendents of those natives on the beach that day, stories handed down by mouth by their tribal elders speak of a white goddess with short golden hair and stout shoes flying in the sky, speaking in a strange tongue to them.
One of the elders, a minor at the time and whom Catholic missionaries educated, spoke in English to Amelia Earhart, as she buzzed her airplane along the shoreline at palm tree height.
“The native boy told Amelia Earhart that she was headed in the right direction,” said Hammerhand.
The native boy also reported hearing raised voices coming from within the plane.
“Moments later it began to wobble and fell out of the sky,” said Hammerhand.
According to the position of the plane wreckage on the shoreline in the black and white photographs taken years later by a passing frigate and the testimonial of the tribal elders, it is clear to Hammerhand that Amelia Earhart lost airspeed and as a result, crash-landed her plane.
Surviving the crash landing, it is believed Amelia Earhart must have lived out the remaining years of her life on the deserted island paradise of Gardner Island in a living hell. Arguing with her male companion, Fred Noonan, whether or not she should have pulled over to ask for directions.
“As in most cases when either driving a car across town, or piloting a Lockheed Electra 10 E in a world record flight around the globe, asking for directions is not only a waste of time,” said Hammerhand. “In this case, it was a waste of lives too.”
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