ABOUT THE MT EREBUS ACCIDENT

This site is the most comprehensive source of information on the 1979 Erebus disaster. It is dedicated to informing others about the plane accident that took the lives of 257 passengers and crew of Air NZ flight TE901. Please take time to browse through this site and learn about the events on 28 November, 1979.

THE STORY

Key facts leading up to the accident

THE ACCIDENT

What happened & how

PERSONAL ACCOUNTS

From the recovery operation

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Timeline of Events

1977

Air New Zealand Scenic Antarctic flights began

1978

Flight path fed into ground computer incorrectly

1979

27 November - Flight path altered

1979

The Accident

1980

Chippindale report approved for release as a public document

1981

27 April - Mahon Report released

1999

Acceptance of the Mahon Erebus Report by the NZ Parliament

2009

Erebus 30 years on

 

Latest News

Erebus Engraved On Our Hearts

On November 28th 1979 an Air New Zealand sightseeing flight crashed into the side of Mt Erebus killing everyone on board.  Lizzie Oakes was 10 when she lost her Nan on the flight, 40 years later she talks with others whose lives have been impacted by the disaster in a series of podcasts titled Erebus Engraved On Our Hearts.

A sense of 'relief' from Erebus families after Jacinda Ardern's heartfelt apology

OPINION: The most telling part of the 40th anniversary commemorations for the Erebus disaster was an aside from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after she had apologised on behalf of the government.

New Zealand government apologizes for Antarctica deadliest crash

Forty years ago, Air New Zealand chartered flight 901 to Antarctica that was supposed to show its passengers the beauties of the southernmost continent.  Unfortunately, the DC-10 crashed into the side of Mount Erebus and kill the 257 people on board, making the flight the deadliest incident in the history of New Zealand. On November 28, 2019, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized for the government’s handling of the situation at the time.

Speech by NZ Air Line Pilots' Association President on Mt Erebus

Speech by New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association President, Captain Andrew Ridling, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Mt Erebus disaster.

AUDIO VISUAL LIBRARY

Audio and visual footage relating to the accident

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Historic articles about the accident

ROLL OF REMEMBRANCE

A place to remember the crew and passengers of flight TE901