American Aviator Amelia Earhart

LONDON, 30 AUGUST 2019 (MAIL ONLINE) —- The recently concluded expedition to find Amelia Earhart’s lost plane led by the explorer who discovered the Titanic could be a step closer after a skull believed to be hers was sent for DNA testing.

The National Geographic reported Scientist Robert Ballard, 77, who was involved in the discovery of the Titanic wreckage, confirmed that if analysis of the bone fragments are revealed to be from the American aviatrix he will return to Nikumaroro Island in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).

They hope it could be a vital clue to help find out what happened to Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan after they vanished during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937.

The skulls pieces were found in Te Umwanibong Museum and Cultural Centre in Tarawa and are believed to have come from a discovery in 1940.

A colonial administrator claimed to have found the bones on the uninhabited Nikumaroro, in the Pacific Ocean, but after sending them to Fiji it was believed they were lost. (PACNEWS)