- Dorothy Cochrane, Aviation expert at the National Air and Space Museum
I believe that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were very close to Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. Her last radio calls were to the Coast Guard waiting there. But they couldn’t find the island, ran out of fuel, and crashed into the ocean.
- Nikumaroro is 350 miles past Howland Island, where the pair intended to stop. They did not have enough fuel to fly that far off course.
- People have been searching Nikumaroro since 1937 but have found no evidence that can directly be tied to Earhart. And those radio calls were never confirmed to be from Earhart.
- The Navy saw no signs of Earhart, Noonan, or their plane. If they had landed on Nikumaroro, someone would have seen her—it’s a very tiny island.