The documentary, built largely around a newly discovered photo thought to be from 1937, suggests that Earhart survived her final flight, being captured by the Japanese military after crash-landing in the Marshall Islands. But the AP reports that a blogger who focuses on Japanese military history has found the same photo in a book that was digitized in Japan’s National Diet Library.
The book has not been authenticated, but appears to have been published two years before Earhart’s disappearance.
In the documentary, the photo turns up mislabeled in the U.S. National Archives. The documentary suggests that the U.S. government may have covered up evidence about Earhart’s fate.
“The History channel is looking into the matter but stands behind its documentary,” the AP reports.
The History channel said in a statement today that it is “exploring the latest developments about Amelia Earhart and we will be transparent in our findings.”