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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

4.8 out of 5
176 Ratings

176 Ratings

EvieHazel ,

White Silence.

Great to listen to the facts. Great podcast. I also agree to the outcome. 60 by 40.

Emmamakes ,

Understanding Erebus

Like many New Zealanders I’d heard of Erebus but was loose on the detail. A fabulous storytelling podcast equal in fact and emotion. I regularly felt moved and was gripped by the storytelling. High production values and a podcast to recommend to friends.

stormscar735 ,

Me a kid 🧒

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