Date & Time: Nov 28, 1979 at 0050 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-10
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-NZP
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Auckland - Christchurch
MSN:
46910/182
YOM:
1974
Flight number:
NZ901
Country:
Antarctica
Crew on board:
20
Crew fatalities:
20
Pax on board:
237
Pax fatalities:
237
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
257
Aircraft flight hours:
20763
Circumstances:
Crashed on Mt Erebus while on a sightseeing flight, killing all 257 occupants.
Causes:
The decision of the captain to continue the flight at low level toward an area of poor surface and horizon definition when the crew was not certain of their position and the subsequent inability to detect the rising terrain which intercepted the aircraft's flight path.