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

Hundreds gather at Erebus 40th Anniversary Service

The grandchildren of Captain Jim Collins and his wife, Maria, were among the youngest people in Auckland's packed Holy Trinity Cathedral when hundreds gathered on a sunny Sunday evening to honour those killed 40 years ago on Mt Erebus.

Memorial service marks 40 years since NZ's worst aviation disaster

A memorial service was held tonight at Parnell’s Holy Trinity Church to mark the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s worst ever aviation disaster.

Erebus Flight 901: Litany of Lies. Episode 1 and 2: 'I realised they were headed straight for the mountain'

The podcast and video series Erebus Flight 901: Litany of Lies? runs on nzherald.co.nz on weekdays from Monday November 18 to Thursday November 28, the 40th anniversary of the Erebus disaster. 

White Silence: The tragic story of the Air New Zealand jet that flew into Mt Erebus, killing all 257 people on board

This story is part of White Silence, a six-part podcast series from Stuff and RNZ to mark the 40th anniversary of the Erebus disaster. You can listen to White Silence on Stuff, or via Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, or any other app using the RSS feed. The episodes will be released daily from Friday, November 8.

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

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