Residents of Bougainville island say no one will be allowed to travel to an area where 1930s aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane wreckage may have been found.
Papua New Guinea’s Post Courier newspaper says an aircraft fitting the description of Earhart’s Lockheed 10E Electra is resting 70 metres deep on a reef north-west of Buka island, at the northern tip of Bougainville.
Two investigators, David Mona and businessman Cletus Harepa, headed a group that carried out an expedition to confirm the finding.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
They have warned that any divers from overseas or outside Bougainville planning a trip to the crash site would have to seek permission from them.
Mr Mona says his group has been working on the expedition for 11 years since 2000.
Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in the area in 1937 in what is regarded as one of the greatest mysteries in aviation.