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Photo could prove Amelia Earhart survived her final flight

The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance has haunted historians for 80 years, but a newly-discovered photo in the National Archives may prove that she survived her final flight.

“This absolutely changes history. I think we proved beyond a reasonable doubt that she survived her flight and was held prisoner by the Japanese on the island of Saipan, where she eventually died," Shawn Henry, a former executive assistant director of the FBI, said.

“I can say with more than 99.7 percent confidence that the photo is authentic and untouched,” claimed digital forensic analyst Doug Carner.

Facial recognition expert Kent Gibson, who compared known images of Noonan and Earhart with the individuals photographed on the dock, said it’s “likely” the man and woman in the picture are the two missing aviators.

“There’s nothing that points me in another direction,” Gibson said.

Gibson noted that the woman believed to be Earhart has the “same prominent, athletic shoulders as Amelia” and the same “short, bobbed hair.”

Shortly after midnight on July 2, 1937, Earhart climbed into her Lockheed Electra at an airfield in Papua New Guinea and took off into the dark, muggy night. Together with Noonan, the 39-year-old Earhart flew east toward Howland Island on the final leg of her attempted flight around the world.

Earhart and Noonan never finished the final leg of their journey and vanished into history.

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