Fuel exhaustion Accident Lockheed 10E Electra Special NR16020, 02 Jul 1937
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34064
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed 10E Electra Special
Owner/operator:Purdue Research Foundation
Registration: NR16020
MSN: 1055
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:missing near Howland Island -   U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lae, New Guinea
Destination airport:Howland Island
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The crew was engaged in a world tour and the aircraft has been prepared with special equipment. It was able to fly twenty hours without fuel stop. Crew left Lae in New Guinea bound for Howland Island, in the Pacific Ocean. This trip was estimated to 20 hours flight and it seems the aircraft was lost in sea some thirty minutes prior to its arrival at Howland Island. SAR operations never found any trace of the aircraft nor the crew. Both occupants, famous aviation pioneers and aviators, were lost forever.
Amelia Earhart, pilot,
Frederick Noonan, radio navigator.
Causes: Fuel exhaustion was suspected but the exact cause of the accident has never been determined.


1. http://tighar.org/
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

20 Mar 1937 NR16020 Amelia Earhart 0 Luke Field, HI sub


Photo: Bill Larkins (CC:by-sa)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Nov-2008 12:11 angels one five Updated
23-Apr-2010 12:35 TB Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
26-Apr-2010 02:27 TB Updated [Location, Narrative]
10-Sep-2010 02:35 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
13-May-2011 06:45 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
06-Mar-2012 11:29 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
12-Dec-2014 08:12 angels one five Updated [Time, Country, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 16:05 TB Updated [Time, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
24-Jan-2018 13:45 harro Updated [Photo, ]
24-Jan-2018 13:46 harro Updated [Country]
07-Feb-2018 22:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
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09-Mar-2018 16:00 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code]
29-Sep-2020 10:34 Anon. Updated [Location, Damage, Narrative]
01-Dec-2020 20:49 TB Updated [Source, Damage]
29-Nov-2021 23:22 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Country, Damage]

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