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Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of lawsuit over search for Earhart's missing plane

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet to continue raising funds for the search.

Timothy Mellon of Wyoming had sued the Pennsylvania-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.

Mellon had claimed the group found Earhart's Lockheed Electra in 2010 but kept it secret to collect $1 million from him for the search. He is the son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Wyoming rejected Mellon's suit last year, saying there was no evidence the plane was found. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision Wednesday.

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