Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage

By: AP
By: AP
Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific shows no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

394033 03: (FILE PHOTO) Amelia Earhart stands June 14, 1928 in front of her bi-plane called "Friendship" in Newfoundland. Carlene Mendieta, who is trying to recreate Earhart's 1928 record as the first woman to fly across the US and back again, left Rye, NY on September 5, 2001. Earhart (1898 - 1937) disappeared without trace over the Pacific Ocean in her attempt to fly around the world in 1937. (Photo by Getty Images)

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific shows no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Wyoming resident Timothy Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, is pushing a federal lawsuit against the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery of Delaware and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.

Mellon claims the group found the wreckage of Earhart's plane in 2010 but kept the discovery a secret so it could solicit money from him to continue the search.

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She disappeared in 1937 while trying to fly around the world.

The group denies Mellon's claims. It filed statements in court this week from expert witnesses who concluded the video doesn't any sort of aircraft wreckage.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper has set trial for August.

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