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12:49pm 1979 NZ’s worst aviation disaster
On the morning of 28 November 1979, Air New Zealand Flight
TE901 (ZK-NZP) left Mangere airport,
for an 11-hour return sightseeing flight to
At 12:49pm the aircraft crashed into the lower
slopes of Mt Erebus with the loss of all 257 aboard
(237 pass, 20 crew). Amazingly 213 bodies were eventually recovered.
Search and rescue aircraft in
were activated but it wasn’t until midnight (NZST) that wreckage was sighted on
the lower slopes of Mt Erebus. Final confirmation that there were no survivors
came later the next day.
[The Mount Erebus disaster was
biggest single tragedy, with one more death than in the 1931 Napier Earthquake.
181 died as a result of
And NZP 12 months