‘ZK-NZP’ - The Accident Plane

The aircraft operating Air New Zealand flight TE901 on 28 November 1979 was an intercontinental DC10-30 (ZK-NZP) brought into service by Air New Zealand in December 1974. At the time of the accident, it was just under 5 years old and had accumulated 20,763 hours of flight time.
 

© 1979 Air New Zealand Archives

ZK-NZP was the 182nd off the assembly line in Long Beach, California and was the fourth of eight DC10-30’s delivered to Air New Zealand.
 

Air New Zealand decided to order only the intercontinental series 30 DC-10s, which provided additional benefits to the airline, such as:

    • Longer range
    • Cheaper landing fees (the rear centre gear was retractable)
    • Lower operating costs (than a four-engined aircraft)
    • Ability to carry more freight.
ZK-NZP was the first of Air New Zealand’s DC-10s to be powered by three General Electric CF6-50C engines, each capable of producing 51,000 pounds of thrust. The first three DC-10s delivered to Air New Zealand had the GE CF6-50A engines, but they were all later fitted with the newer GE CF6-50C. The first delivery of a DC-10 to Air New Zealand was made in early 1973.

 

Tail Number

Serial Number

Date of

Manufacture

Engine Model

Date Received by ANZ

ZK-NZL

47846-69

26/10/1972

3 GE CF6-50C2

11/01/1973

ZK-NZM

47847-116

13/07/1973

3 GE CF6-50C2

14/09/1973

ZK-NZN

47848-136

18/01/1974

3 GE CF6-50C2

22/01/1974

ZK-NZP

46910-182

08/11/1974

3 GE CF6-50C2

12/12/1974

ZK-NZQ

46911-189

08/01/1975

3 GE CF6-50C2

20/02/1975

ZK-NZR

47849-213

22/08/1975

3 GE CF6-50C2

02/10/1975

ZK-NZS

46954-227

29/04/1975

3 GE CF6-50C2

07/06/1976

ZK-NZT

46950-242

22/07/1977

3 GE CF6-50C2

10/11/1977

A list of the Air New Zealand fleet of DC10's. Information sourced from http://www.taxiways.net/dc-10.