Yahoo! News announces new search for Electra parts

I awoke this morning to a telephone message from Earhart researcher and presentation artist Rob Ellos, of Stillwater, Minn., and was quite surprised to learn that Rob was calling to alert me that Yahoo! News had just published a story about a new search for parts of Amelia Earhart’s downed Electra near Barre Island, in the northwest area of Mili Atoll.

I already knew about the search, as Dick Spink, Les Kinney and several high-tech operatives sponsored by Parker Aerospace departed several days earlier for Mili, with a return scheduled for Jan. 30. I was advised to keep this news to myself, but apparently Parker Aerospace has seen fit to let the cat of the bag, and Yahoo! News, of all agencies, has broken the story.

This section of the "Sketch Survey" of Mili Atoll taken from U.S. and Japanese charts focuses on the northwest quadrant of Mili Atoll, where Barre Island is clearly noted. Witnesses saw the Electra come down off Barre, and Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were seen embarking the Electra and seeking shelter in the tiny Endriken Islands just off Barre, where the current search in ongoing.

This section of the “Sketch Survey” of Mili Atoll taken from U.S. and Japanese charts focuses on the northwest quadrant of Mili Atoll, where Barre Island is clearly noted. Witnesses saw the Electra come down in the reef off Barre, and Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were seen embarking the Electra and seeking shelter in the nearly Endriken Islands, where the current search is ongoing.

Here’s the link to the brief but highly significant article,Search for Earhart plane on remote Marshalls atoll,” which provides very little information other than the statement of Jon Jeffery, Parker’s director of technology and business development, who told Yahoo! News, “We brought more sophisticated equipment to find other parts.”

What is especially surprising is that a mainstream outfit like Yahoo! would even consider publishing anything that runs counter to the longstanding lies that Amelia either crashed and sank near Howland Island or landed at Nikumaroro  in the Phoenix chain. The latter is by far the most well-known myth that’s been perpetuated on a gullible and apathetic American public, and requires no further explanation at this time. 

Did the recent mention of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last and the “mountain of evidence” it presents in the January 2015 Smithsonian magazine cover story signal others in the establishment  that it’s now permitted to mention the hated Marshall Islands-Saipan scenario in the Earhart discussion? Up until today, the answer has been a resounding, “No way!”

"Generations of Marshallese people have known since 1937 that the famous fliers didn't just disappear in the ocean," Loeak said. “The aircraft landed on a small atoll in the Marshall Islands and (Earhart and Noonan) survived.”

“Generations of Marshallese people have known since 1937 that the famous fliers didn’t just disappear in the ocean,” Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak told Yahoo! News. “The aircraft landed on a small atoll in the Marshall Islands and (Earhart and Noonan) survived.”

But if Yahoo! News’ decision to include the statement of Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak is any indication, perhaps matters are slowly changing.  “Generations of Marshallese people have known since 1937 that the famous fliers didn’t just disappear in the ocean,” Loeak told Yahoo! News. “The aircraft landed on a small atoll in the Marshall Islands and (Earhart and Noonan) survived.”

Readers new to this blog can find the full background on this development in the search for Amelia Earhart in my two earlier posts,Recent find on Mili Atoll called “Concrete proof” and Update to Recent find on Mili story.” Dick Spink, Les Kinney and others are virtually certain that the aluminum plate and Airwheel dust cover found during searches since 2011 came from the Earhart plane, but neither of these parts has a distinct serial number that would rule out all other possibilities. Without absolute proof, no claims about the Electra will be accepted by an establishment which has shown it’s dead set against public knowledge of the truth about Amelia’s fate. This again is why I was so surprised to see this story published on Yahoo! News. I can only surmise that Parker Aerospace has some serious connections at this news agency.

Les Kinney has promised to keep me informed about anything new that the search team might uncover at Mili’s Endriken Islands, but it appears that might be unnecessary if Yahoo! News stays on this story. Please stay tuned and check in here often for the latest.

 

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5 responses

  1. I CONGRATULATE Mike Campbell’s ceaseless efforts in defending the *TRUTH all these years. He’s educated so many of us with the hard facts of Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan”s landing in the Marshall Islands/Mili Atoll and their deaths later on Saipan.
    Mike’s websight & blog have answered so many troubling questions that no other news or radio organizations have ever attempted before.
    It’s because of Mike and so many of his Earhart colleagues that *YAHOO NEWS has broken this story and for all to see. *Dick Spink, *Jim Hayden, *Les Kinney, *Parker Aviation a SPECIAL THANKS.
    May other news networks join this GREAT CAUSE and support the TRUTH.
    Thank You again Mike Campbell for being the guiding light to the *TRUTH and it’s GREATEST DEFENDER.

    Doug

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  2. Mike and Doug, I saw a brief blurb tonight on ABC World News Sunday Night regarding this very subject. I, too, was astounded that a mainstream media had made such an announcement, given the MSM’s penchant for ignoring the truth about Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Normally, I only see the propaganda from TIGHAR on the MSM. It’s refreshing to see a major network announcing what we followers of Mike’s books have known for years: the TRUTH.

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    1. Thanks so much for the update, Sonny. Are we now to believe that pigs will fly? I never watch the network news, and FOX just a month or so ago wouldn’t let a comment about Truth at Last stand under their announcement about Gillespie’s latest false claim. So now, with ABC news mentioning the Mili search, I hardly know what to think. Could this be more fallout from the Smithsonian’s cover story? I can think of no other reason. The media are natural lemmings, so when an “elite publication” like the Smithsonian magazine broke the ice a bit with their page-long coverage of the truth, it’s just possible that some of the others saw this as a signal that it’s now permissible to mention the Marshalls-Saipan scenario as a real possibility. It’s really quite amazing.

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  3. THANK YOU President Leok!!! It’s about time,& I hope he keeps it coming. Maybe, just maybe, this force (not U.S.) will get this ball rolling. Also, ditto to the above comments .Keep it up, Mike, we’re all behind you.

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  4. Mike, you said the Smithsonian threw you a bone, but what a bone. It looks like some in main stream media are taking notice.In fact on TIGHAR’s Facebook page they posted a link to the Japantimes story on the work being done on Mili Atoll. They of course disregard the story, here are two outrageous quotes from TIGHAR: “The fact that photos prove that Earharts plane didn’t have parts like that doesn’t seem to bother them” and “but they need to comply with the historic preservation laws of that country and get the required permits from the Historic Preservation Office in Majuro. So far they have disregared those laws and protocols. It’s the kind of behavior that gives Americans a bad name harms all historical field research in the Pacific.” Sounds like someone is getting a bit nervous to me. Jesse

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