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On November 28, 1979, an Air New Zealand jet took off from Auckland Airport on a sightseeing trip to Antarctica.

There were 257 people on board. Hours later everyone was dead.

Somehow, the plane had flown directly into the Erebus volcano. This was a disaster that shattered a country's psyche.

In the decades since, grief gave way to blame, anger and recrimination. Who was responsible for so many deaths? Was there a cover-up? How could a plane just fly into a mountain?

To mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster, Michael Wright and Katy Gosset explore why New Zealand's deadliest disaster was also its most controversial; why a nation was incapable of moving on; and how it was captured by one famous phrase: 'an orchestrated litany of lies'.

White Silence will be released daily from November 8, 2019.

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On November 28, 1979, an Air New Zealand jet took off from Auckland Airport on a sightseeing trip to Antarctica.

There were 257 people on board. Hours later everyone was dead.

Somehow, the plane had flown directly into the Erebus volcano. This was a disaster that shattered a country's psyche.

In the decades since, grief gave way to blame, anger and recrimination. Who was responsible for so many deaths? Was there a cover-up? How could a plane just fly into a mountain?

To mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster, Michael Wright and Katy Gosset explore why New Zealand's deadliest disaster was also its most controversial; why a nation was incapable of moving on; and how it was captured by one famous phrase: 'an orchestrated litany of lies'.

White Silence will be released daily from November 8, 2019.

Customer Reviews

Pokkeme ,

devastating and brilliant

the research, the findings, the Prime Minister!
Kudos to this incredible documentation of a terrible miscarriage of justice done with insight and empathy

Soozoo11 ,

Really interesting story

I had heard about this tragedy and the subsequent hoo ha but never in detail like this. Very balanced presentation. Enjoyed it very much.

Mira8907456 ,

Very interesting listen

Such a tragic set of circumstances on many fronts. Really enjoyed the perspectives given

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