Airplane Crash - Near Mt. Erebus, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica 11/28/1979

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Mt. Erebus, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica


Date11/28/1979
Time12:49
LocationNear Mt. Erebus, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
OperatorAir New Zealand
Flight #901
RouteAuckland - Christchurch
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
RegistrationZK-NZP
Cn/In46910/182
Aboard257
Fatalities257
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into the slopes of Mt. Erebus while on sightseeing flight to Antarctica. An incorrect computer-stored flight plan resulted in a navigational error directing the flight towards Mt. Erebus. Because of overcast, the crew descended below authorized altitude. Contributing to the accident was the crew's inexperience with flying the Antarctiroute. Information about the navigational errors was suppressed by officials.

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