At 8:43am local time, the last radio transmission definitely from Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was received at Howland Island, Earhart’s intended destination that day.
Problematic conditions had led to the pair relying on radio navigation, but their radio contacts were sporadic and patchy. Although later transmissions were received, they were too weak to get a fix on or properly interpret. The two were never heard from again, and their plane’s wreckage has never been located. There are a number of theories regarding their disappearance, but the lack of crash evidence tends to support the idea that they crashed at sea and sank.
By Underwood & Underwood (active 1880 – c. 1950) – http://amextbg2.wgbhdigital.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/amelia_gallery_07.jpg, Public Domain, Link
As mentioned in:
Amelia Earhart — Freakwater
Someday We’ll Know — New Radicals
In Search of Amelia Earhart — Plainsong
True Story Of Amelia Earhart — Plainsong
Amelia Earhart’s Last Ride — Anne Feeney
Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight — Red River Dave