Date & Time: Jul 2, 1937
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed 10 Electra
Operator:
Registration:
NR16020
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lae - Howland Island
MSN:
1055
YOM:
1936
Country:
World
Region:
World
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a world tour and the aircraft has been prepared with special equipment. It was able to fly twenty hours without fuel stop. Crew left Lae in New Guinea bound for Howland Island, in the Pacific Ocean. This trip was estimated to 20 hours flight and it seems the aircraft was lost in sea some thirty minutes prior to its arrival at Howland Island. SAR operations never found any trace of the aircraft nor the crew. Both occupants, famous aviation pioneers and aviators, were lost for ever.
Crew:
Amelia Earhart, pilot,
Frederick Noonan, radio navigator.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion was suspected but the exact cause of the accident has never been elucidated.