Airplane Crash - Off Lae, New Guinea 07/02/1937

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Lae, New Guinea


Date07/02/1937
LocationOff Lae, New Guinea
OperatorPrivate - Purdue Reasearch Foundation
RouteLae - Howland Island
TypeLockheed 10E Electra
RegistrationNR16020
Cn/In1055
Aboard2
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryThe plane disappeared while en route from Lae to Howland Island. The aircraft had to be flown higher than expected due to storms which used extra fuel. In addition, strong head winds were encountered. The aircraft most likely ran out of fuel and ditched into the ocean 50 to 100 miles northwest of Howland Island. Amelia Earhart, 40, and navigator Fred Noonan, killed.

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