It was New Zealand's biggest peacetime disaster - and some say the nation's biggest cover-up.
On November 28, 1979, an Air New Zealand DC10 crashed into the slopes of Mt Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 people on board. But who was really at fault - the pilot or the government-owned airline?
On the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, presenter Garry McAlpine and writer/director John Keir talk to the key players in a quest to discover the truth.
Episode 10: The years since
As relatives of the Erebus victims return to the crash site to mark the 30th anniversary, Jim Collins’ daughter Pippa makes a surprising discovery.
Episode 9: Report and reaction
When Justice Peter Mahon accused Air New Zealand of "an orchestrated litany of lies", it marked the beginning of his own downfall.
Episode 8: The cover-up
The puzzling disappearance of Captain Collins' black ringbinder and the evidence of two Air New Zealand staff at the commission of inquiry.
Episode 7: Whiteout
How the little-understood phenomenon of whiteout played a big role in the crash and the pilot who helped explain it.
Episode 6: Cover-up or incompetence?
As Air New Zealand navigation staff admitted to error after error in the lead-up to the Erebus crash, the Mahon inquiry wondered how many mistakes could be considered cerdible,
Episode 5: The Chippendale report
The first official account of how the crash happened is released - and it does not look good for the pilot, Captain Jim Collins.
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Great summary of events; but silent on the fixers?
Having relatives tied up in this, its been a good summary of public events. But, yet 40 yrs on its amazing how there is still no mention of the “fixers” that orchestrated the puppet shows as one of my relatives put it...misguided loyalty?
Facing litigation threats from families, the manufacturers and others its no surprise as to the outcome...how else would a Govt manage a potential financial crisis on this scale?
Great podcast - have never heard from the US crews before.
But seriously, could none of the production team have stopped the narrator saying AnTARTica throughout the whole thing?
The narrator is telling a story not giving an English lesson