On March 20, 1937, Amelia Earhart attempted a take-off from Luke Field,
Hawaii, on the second leg of her first try at flying around the world.
The aircraft groundlooped, with substantial damage. This document is the
official crash report of that accident, including witness statements and
findings. Because of its great length, each segment is presented as a
separate file. Click on each thumbnail or link to go to that section.
This Document contains both scanned images
from the original document and transcribed facsimiles in order to offer
searchable text for research purposes. It is not and cannot be taken
to be an original document. Where typographical errors occur in the original
they have been preserved but are notated.
Signatures are facsimiles.
Two sources were used to complete this document:
1.) File #334, General Administrative File, 1931-42, Hawaiian Department
Air Officer, Records of the U.S. Army Overseas Operations and Commands,
Record Group 395, National Archives and Records Service.
2.) Reference: 200.3912-1, Air Force Historical Agency, Maxwell AFB,
Alabama; this copy also bears a reference number of B70/6657.
While similar in essence, these two sources include
slightly different attachments. The first is missing Exhibits L, M, and
O, but the file of the newspaper clippings is much easier to read and
is more complete. The second is missing pages numbered 1 through 4,
has few clippings, but does have a newspaper photograph which the first
does not. In order to make a complete fair copy the two sources were combined.
The photographs and the newspaper articles are not included here at
this time. We are attempting to acquire better images.