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    Re: Amelia Earhart Report
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2011 Mar 5, 00:10 -0800
    Looking at the rest of the news story.


    "But local and old men and women from the island have their stories of this wreck since it crashed in strong lightning and bad weather which hit its left wing forcing it into the sea, nose first."

    Airplanes do not crash when struck by lightning, they are made out of aluminum which makes them into a "Faraday cage" so the electrons flow on the outside of the skin and does very little damage, usually a hole about the size of a quarter where the lightning struck and a second similar hole at the other extremity of the plane where the lightning leaves.


     "The oldest man alive said he was 10 in 1937 when the plane with two people went down just off their reef."

    So the "oldest man alive" is now 84 years old, I would expect that there would be older people than that in PNG.

    7.  Since the "oldest man alive" couldn't see the people inside the plane before the crash, the only way he would know that there were two people in the plane is if they got out of the plane after the crash. What happened to them? Did they die of injuries and, if so, where are they buried? Were they captured and executed by the Japs? well not unless they lived for five years on Bougainville because the Japs did not invade Bougainville until January 1942.

    "The Japanese Invasion of New Ireland 1942

    The 23rd of January 1942 is well known as the day the Japanese forces captured Rabaul at the beginning of the Pacific War and established a major base there, only seven weeks after the sneak air attack on Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941 which brought America into the war."


    --- On Fri, 3/4/11, Gary LaPook <glapook@pacbell.net> wrote:

    From: Gary LaPook <glapook@pacbell.net>
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Amelia Earhart Report
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Friday, March 4, 2011, 12:59 PM

    I guess you didn't pick up on the fact that this is some kind of an "April
    Fools" joke. (They apparently do this kind of thing in PNG in March instead of
    in April.)

    In addition to the "six meter snake", things you should have noticed:

    1. Nobody is out diving to 70 meters, about 230 feet, using normal SCUBA
    equipment. Non-professional divers are limited to depths less than 130 feet (35
    meters) due to decompression problems and limitations in sport diving equipment.
    It is a very expensive proposition to dive deeper than that so nobody was just
    swimming along at 70 meters below the surface and just happening onto the
    wreckage and, unless beche de mer (sea cucumbers)sells for more than a thousand
    dollars a pound, nobody would dive to 70 meters to harvest them. Since it is a
    traditional food it is very unlikely that it is an expensive food. ( "Sea
    cucumbers destined for food are traditionally harvested by hand on small
    watercraft; a process angliciszed into "trepanging" (after the Indonesian noun
    trepang)." See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_cucumber_%28food%29)

    The actual price varies between US $ 1.44 to $15.06 per kilo when exported, much
    cheaper on the local market. See:


    2. "Coral on the left side of the plane?" why not on the rest of the plane and
    how would that prevent recovering artifacts from the exposed wreckage?

    3. "Dust on the seabed?"

    4. Putnam and Earhart asked for the newspaper to pay for the cabled stories,
    why didn't they just dip into all the "gold bullion" they were carrying to pay
    for their expenses?

    Unless you are under anestesia you should notice when your leg is being pulled.


    --- On Thu, 3/3/11, Philip <philip.lange@albemarleweb.com> wrote:

    From: Philip <philip.lange@albemarleweb.com>
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Amelia Earhart Report
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011, 8:42 AM

    I think not, A 1600 mile error in navigation? Alien abduction?

    On Thu, 2011-03-03 at 08:50 -0400, Richard Langley wrote:
    > AVwebFlash report:
    > A report from Papua New Guinea says the wreck of an aircraft that 
    > might be the Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart and her 
    > navigator Fred Noonan has been found on a reef near Bougainville 
    > Island near Papua New Guinea. The Papua New Guinea Post Courier is 
    > reporting"armed men" are guarding the area over a reef off Matsungan 
    > Island where an aircraft matching the description of Earhart's plane 
    > has been found. Divers are now checking the wreck and inquiries are 
    > flooding in from all over the world. There is no word on whether any 
    > human remains have been recovered.
    > More: http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/avflash/1847-full.html#204205
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > | Richard B. Langley                            E-mail: 
    > lang@unb.ca         |
    > | Geodetic Research Laboratory                  Web: http://www.unb.ca/GGE/
    >   |
    > | Dept. of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering    Phone:    +1 506 
    > 453-5142   |
    > | University of New Brunswick                   Fax:      +1 506 
    > 453-4943   |
    > | Fredericton, N.B., Canada  E3B 
    > 5A3                                        |
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