11 episodes

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.

Erebus Flight 901: Litany of lies? NZME

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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

    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.

    • 30 min
    Episode 9: Report and reaction

    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.

    • 37 min
    Episode 8: The cover-up

    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.

    • 31 min
    Episode 7: Whiteout

    Episode 7: Whiteout

    How the little-understood phenomenon of whiteout played a big role in the crash and the pilot who helped explain it.

    • 30 min
    Episode 6: Cover-up or incompetence?

    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,

    • 29 min
    Episode 5: The Chippendale report

    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.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

N1ckname9 ,

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?

Deep Freeze vet ,

AnTARTic-size distraction

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?

Wilson read2020 ,

James Alfred

The narrator is telling a story not giving an English lesson

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