Who was the captain of Flight 901?

On 9 November 1979, Captain Jim Collins and First Officer Greg Cassin, members of the flight crew rostered on Air New Zealand’s 28 November Antarctic flight, attended a route qualification briefing.

When was the last Air New Zealand plane crash?

On the morning of 28 November 1979, Air New Zealand Flight TE901 left Māngere airport, Auckland, for an 11-hour return sightseeing flight to Antarctica. At 12.49 p.m. NZST, the aircraft crashed into the lower slopes of Mt Erebus killing all 237 passengers and 20 crew on board.

How did Flight 901 crash?

Debris from the DC-10’s fuselage photographed in 2004: Most of the wreckage of Flight 901 remains at the accident site. The initial investigation concluded the accident was caused by pilot error, but public outcry led to the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the crash.

How many planes have crashed in Antarctica?

List of disasters in Antarctica by death toll

Year Type Fatalities
1979 Aircraft 257
2019 Aircraft 38
2010 Shipwreck 22
1976 Aircraft 11

What brought down flight 888?

The primary cause of the accident was that the crew attempted an improvised test of the AOA warning system, not knowing that it was not functioning properly due to the inoperative sensors. They also disregarded the proper speed limits for the tests they were performing, resulting in a stall.

What is the oldest airport in New Zealand?

It is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to the northwest of the city centre, in the suburb of Harewood. Christchurch (Harewood) Airport officially opened on 18 May 1940 and became New Zealand’s first international airport on 16 December 1950.

Is there still wreckage on Mt Erebus?

Almost all of the aircraft’s wreckage still lies where it came to rest on the slopes of Mount Erebus, as both its remote location and its weather conditions can hamper any further recovery operations. During the cold periods, the wreckage is buried under a layer of snow and ice.

Can I live in Antarctica for free?

No-one lives in Antarctica indefinitely in the way that they do in the rest of the world. It has no commercial industries, no towns or cities, no permanent residents. The only “settlements” with longer term residents (who stay for some months or a year, maybe two) are scientific bases.

Has a plane ever crashed into a volcano?

The Mount Erebus disaster occurred on 28 November 1979 when Air New Zealand Flight 901 (TE-901) flew into Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica, killing all 237 passengers and 20 crew on board….Mount Erebus disaster.

Crew 20
Fatalities 257
Survivors 0

How deep is Mount Erebus?

Mt. Erebus has an outer crater about 650 meters (2,132 feet) wide that forms a distinct ring at approximately 3,200 meters of elevation, and an inner crater about 250 meters wide and 100 meters deep (820 by 328 feet) within which is an active lava lake.

What is the history of Air New Zealand Flight 901?

From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Air New Zealand Flight 901 was a flight that operated from 1977 to 1979. The flight did not stop in Antarctica. It was a sightseeing flight to Antarctica.

What time does Flight 901 leave Auckland Airport for Antarctica?

Flight 901 would leave Auckland International Airport at 8:00 am for Antarctica, and arrive back at Christchurch International Airport at 7:00 pm after flying 5,360 miles (8,630 km).

What was the IATA code for Air New Zealand at the crash?

^ At the time of the crash, Air New Zealand had two IATA codes, TE for international flights (a relic from Air New Zealand’s predecessor, Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL)) and NZ for domestic flights (acquired from the merger with the National Airways Corporation in April 1978).

What happened to Air New Zealand ZK-NZP?

The 182nd DC-10 to be built, and the fourth DC-10 to be introduced by Air New Zealand, ZK-NZP was handed over to the airline on 12 December 1974 at McDonnell Douglas’s Long Beach plant. It had logged more than 20,700 flight hours prior to the crash.