Events In History
How police responded to the disasters, particularly Tangiwai, Wahine and Erebus
- Page 1 - Police response to disasterHow police responded to the disasters, particularly Tangiwai, Wahine and Erebus
The disasters timeline and map give an overview of New Zealand's worst natural disasters, transport accidents, fires, mining accidents and other tragedies that have caused major loss of life.
- Page 1 - New Zealand disasters timelineThe disasters timeline and map give an overview of New Zealand's worst natural disasters, transport accidents, fires, mining accidents and other tragedies that have caused major
On 28 November 1979, 237 passengers and 20 crew were killed when Air New Zealand Flight TE901 crashed into the side of Mt Erebus, Antarctica. The tragedy was followed by a demanding recovery operation and a raging debate over who or what was to blame
Page 2 – Tourist flights to Antarctica
Air New Zealand and Qantas began offering sightseeing flight over the Antarctic in February 1977.
Page 3 – Timeline to disaster
The Erebus disaster was mainly caused by an unfortunate, late change in flight path and the white-out conditions in Antarctica.
Page 4 – Hearing the news
How news of the Erebus disaster was relayed back to New Zealand
Page 5 – Operation Overdue
A team of New Zealand Police officers and a Mountain Face Rescue Team were immediately dispatched to the scene of the Erebus disaster.
Page 7 – Remembering Erebus
Expressions of sympathy After confirmation was received that no one had survived the crash of Flight TE901 expressions of sympathy began to arrive from around
Page 8 – Further information
This web feature was written by Imelda Bargas and produced by the NZHistory.net.nz team. It builds on an earlier feature written by Steve Watters. Links
NZ and Antarctica share a long and rich history. From Tuati in 1839 to Edmund Hillary in the 1950s and more recent scientists, Kiwis have explored, examined and endured the frozen continent.
Page 3 – Triumph and tragedy
There is a New Zealand connection to a number of triumphs and tragedies that have occurred in Antarctica.
- robert scott
- ernest shackleton
- frank worsley
- air transport
- edmund hillary
- scott base
- richard byrd
- clarence hare
- louis potaka
- radio broadcasts
- tangiwai disaster
- wahine disaster
- hawkes bay earthquake