On 28 November 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 crashed into Mt Erebus, Antarctica, killing all 257 people on board. It was the worst civil aviation disaster in NZ history and at the time, the fourth worst in the world. Made independently of state TV, Flight 901 was the first in-depth documentary on the accident. It surveys the novelty of Antarctic tourist flights, the search and rescue operation, and controversy over causes stirred by the Peter Mahon-led Royal Commission of Inquiry. This 15 minute excerpt was edited for NZ On Screen by director John Keir.
In 14 flights to Antarctica Air New Zealand had offered passengers from around the world the chance to see the last great frontier. It was a dream experience, from the cocktail party comfort of an aircraft dedicated to passenger pleasure.– From the narration
Made with the assistance of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand