Underwater searches around Nikumaroro

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"All indications point to the aircraft having been landed on a particular strip of smooth coral reef at the island’s western end. Our divers have searched the area down to 100 feet on previous expeditions, but the reef slope is extremely steep and any wreckage is likely to be at least 250, and perhaps as much as 1,000 feet, down. A sidescan sonar sweep around the perimeter of the island was done by Oceaneering International as part of TIGHAR’s 1991 Niku II expedition, but the sonar “fish” struck an underwater obstruction and was lost before the western end of the atoll was surveyed."[1]