Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is wading into one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries: the fate of American aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the South Pacific 75 years ago.
Clinton is meeting Tuesday with historians and scientists from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which will launch a new search in June for the wreckage of Earhart's plane off the remote island of Nikumaroro. The group believes Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan may have managed to land on the island and survived for a short time. Others believe they crashed into the ocean.
The expedition will coincide with 75th anniversary of Earhart's departure on the ill-fated flight in 1937. Previous trips to the island have recovered artifacts that could have belonged to Earhart.