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July 3, 2012ATCHISON, KS |  By: Coffey

75th Anniversary Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance

Yesterday was the 75th Anniversary of the disappearance of Atchison, Kansas aviator Amelia Earhart.

Earhart was attempting to fly around the world at the equator when the plane she was piloting disappeared in 1937. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were never heard from after the plane reportedly went down in the Pacific Ocean. Caretaker and Historian of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas, Louise Foudray says it's hard to say what happened to Earhart 75 years ago.

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Foudray says the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will conduct another deep-water search for the wreckage. The group leaves today from Honolulu for an area near an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. They believe Earhart and Noonan may have survived the crash making it to the island's shore. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum will host the annual Amelia Earhart Festival July 20th and 21st in Atchison, Kansas.