The History Channel says it's having a look at a Japanese historian's claim that a photograph that underpinned a much-hyped television special on the fate of Amelia Earhart was taken two years before she left on her round-the-world flight. A recent History Channel documentary claimed that the photo contains Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan and was taken after the pair disappeared on July 2, 1937.
The channel said that they would investigate the Japanese blogger's statements and that their investigation will be transparent.
Last week, the History cable channel revealed a photograph purported to possibly show the vanished aviator Amelia Earhart on a dock in the Marshall Islands after she disappeared, possibly clearing up one of the 20th century's greatest mysteries. In the documentary Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, filmmakers claim that two Caucasian people in the photograph-a man standing next to a post, and a person of indeterminate sex squatting on the dock's edge-are Earhart's navigator Fred Noonan and Earhart herself, in the custody of the Japanese military in 1937.
He said the photo "clearly indicates that Earhart was captured by the Japanese". The only question is the date, a crucial but conspicuously missing detail in the copy of the photo uncovered in 2012 in America's own national archives.
Clearly historical accuracy is important to the viewers. "We want to follow the facts where they lead, and we're certainly going to do that". Ric Gillespie, the executive director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, remained convinced Earhart and Noonan landed and died on Gardner Island, now called Nikumaroro.
"I have never believed the theory that Earhart was captured by the Japanese military, so I made a decision to find out for myself", Yamano told the Guardian. Some locals have said that they saw Earhart's plane crash land and that they both were captured and taken away.
The photo, which a former US treasury agent said he discovered in the US National Archives, was claimed to show Earhart and Noonan on the dock at Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
"I think the evidence that we've collected thus far in totality says that Noonan and Earhart landed in the Marshall Islands", he said.
Claims that pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart had actually survived her final flight and ended up a Japanese captive nearly broke the internet, earning mixed reactions from people across the globe. "I think that that's true".
A somewhat relevant detail, as Earhart went missing in, er, 1937. Earhart was officially declared dead in 1939 after the USA government concluded that she crashed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. In her latest adventure, she was trying to become the first woman to circumnavigate the planet at the Equator.