VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 39 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 16545 times:
On the 28th of November 1979, Air New Zealand's DC-10 ZK-NZP, carrying 257 passengers and crew, departed on TE901, a sightseeing flight to the Antarctic. 24 years ago from the time I am posting this, the aircraft was over the Antarctic ice, and less than half an hour away from tragedy, when it crashed into Mt Erebus shortly before 1pm NZDT. It was not until that evening that it became apparent that something had gone terribly wrong, as the aircraft failed to make contact with anyone, and as the time that the fuel would have been exhausted passed, it was acknowledged by CEO Morrie Davis that the aircraft had indeed crashed.
To this day, controversy remains over the exact cause of the accident, and who was to blame. Pilot error was the cause determined by an accident investigation, however a Royal Commission of Inquiry under Justice Peter Mahon apportioned blame squarly with the airline and its practices. The Mahon Report was later overruled by the Privvy Council, not on the merit of what had been found, but because the Commission went beyond its terms of reference. It is unlikely there will ever be any reconciling of the two different theories over the accident.
However, this post is not about beating out the same old arguments, but rather pausing and thinking of those who lost their lives in what was at the time the 4th worst air accident in history, and the second major one of 1979 involving the DC-10. To this date it remains the worst transportation accident in terms of loss of life in New Zealand's history (and only one fatality less than the 1931 Napier Earthquake, New Zealand's worst tragedy), with the almost everyone in the country of around 3 million people at the time having some connection to someone among the 237 passengers and 20 crew. The accident left a terrible scar on New Zealand's national consciousness, one that remains today and will still take some time to heal.
The nationality breakdown of those on board were:
200 New Zealanders
We will remember them.
[Edited 2003-11-28 00:33:49]
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
Sydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3338 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 16414 times:
Air New Zealand should go back to doing Antarctic sight seeing flights again. They should be commercially viable now and would let Air New Zealand move on from this tragedy and prove not only that they have learnt from it but I think it would contribute to healing any lingering scars.
NZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 16181 times:
You're missing the point. The plaque commemorates the site of the crash. It doesn't matter how many people are going to see it. No different to placing American flags on the moon. Who's going to see those?
Like VirginFlyer said, there's the memorial at Auckland Airport and the mass grave in West Auckland as well.
TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 16143 times:
You shall always be remembered..
TE901 - 28Nov79
BENNETT, David John Senior Flight Steward Auckland.
BROOKS, Gordon Barrett Flight Engineer Auckland.
CARR-SMITH, Elizabeth Mary Stewardess Auckland.
CASSIN, Gregory Mark First Officer Auckland.
CATER, Graham Ronald Flight Steward Auckland.
COLLINS, Martin John Purser Auckland
COLLINS, Thomas James Captain Auckland.
FINLAY, Michael James Senior Flight Steward Auckland.
KEENAN, Dianne Stewardess Auckland.
LEWIS, James Charles Flight Steward Auckland.
LUCAS, Graham Neville First Officer Auckland.
MARINOVIC, Suzanne Margaret Stewardess Auckland.
MAXWELL, Bruce Rhodes Flight Steward Auckland.
MOLONEY, Nicholas John Flight Engineer Auckland.
MORRISON, Katrina Mary Stewardess Auckland.
McPHERSON, Roy William Chief Purser Auckland.
SCOTT, Russell Morrison Purser Auckland.
SICKLEMORE David Brian Flight Steward Auckland.
SIMMONS, Stephen George Flight Steward Auckland.
WOLFERT, Marie-Therese Stewardess Auckland.
SURNAME CHRIS NAME AGE ADDRESSS
ADDIS, Peter James 29 65 Wolf Rd., TeAtutu, Auckland.
ALLAN, Alan Lawrence Malyon 59 C/o Fardon House, Clive.
ALLAN, Jane Phillipa 17 Farndon House, Clive, Hawkes Bay.
ALLAN, Marjorie Townsley 66 Farndon House, Clive, Hawkes Bay.
ANDERSON, Margaret Isobel 4/41 Empire Rd., Epsom, Auckland.
ANGLESEY, Grant William 19 71 Seymour St., Waitara.
ARMITAGE, Ethel Mary Mrs 73 203 East Coast Rd., Milford, Auckland.
ARNOLD, Melinda Maria 17 Lawrence Ces. Manurewa, Auckland.
ARNOLD, Valerie Ellen 17 Hayward Rd., Papatoetoe, Auckland.
ASHTON, Grahame 63 149 Paritai Drive, Orakei, Auckland.
BAINBRIDGE, Thomas Eric 40 8 Ripon Cres. Meadowbank, Auckland.
BALWIN, L. Peter 50 85 Hinemoa St., Birkenhead, Auckland
BECKETT, Desmond 62 R.D.9, Main Highway, Te Puke.
BOND, Marilyn Edna 48 Lynbrook Ave., Blockhouse Bay, Auckland
BOND, Rolain Melville 54 Lynbrook Ave., Blockhouse Bay, Auckland.
BREHAUT, Ronald Thomas 39 131 Otipua Rd., Timaru.
BROAD, John Phillip Dr. 51 29 Mansell Ave. Hamilton.
BROOKS, Geraldine Flat 4, 5 Grande Ave., Timaru.
BROUGH, Aubrey Conroy 68 R.D. Turua, Thames.
BUCHANAN, Geoffrey 68 19 Westhoe St., Orewa.
BUERGI, Heinz 94 Ash St., Avondale, Auckland.
BURGESS, Lindsay Robert 60 Western Hills Rd., Whangarei.
BURGESS, Rose Eileen 58 Western Hills Rd., Whangarei.
BURTON, Lorraine 42 4 Hobson St., Thorndon, Wellington.
BUTLER, Rae Jeanne Mrs 43 35 Roretana Drive, Athenree, Waihi Beach.
CAMERON, Tangiaho Miss 57 Flat 2, 13 Alana Place, Mt Wellington, Auckland.
CAMPBELL, Stuart Donald 22 McDonalds Rd., R.D.3, Whakatane.
CARLTON, John Barry Mr 46 Hughies Lane, Otautau.
CARLTON, Marion Rennie Mrs 40 Hughies Lane, Otautau.
CARR, Margaret Bell Mrs 64 Kauri, Whangarei.
CHADDERTON, Bryan Harry Mr Puhinui Rd., Papatoetoe, Auckland
CHADDERTON, Valerie Enid Mrs Puhinui Rd., Papatoetoe, Auckland
CHRISTIANSEN, Alla Flat 1, 232 Victoria Ave., Remuera, Auckland.
CHRISTMAS, Hugh Francis 58 8 Raniera St., New Plymouth.
CLARK, David 60 45 Ferndale Rd., Mt Wellington, Auckland.
CLARK, Irene 75 84 Seacliffe Ave., Belmont, Auckland
CLARK, Iris 65 7 Taka St., Takanini, Auckland
CLARK, William Henry 67 7 Taka St., Takanini, Auckland.
COLBRAN, Yvonne Louise 45 North Makarewa, Invercargill.
COLBRAN, Cyril Berbnard Mr 49 North Makarewa, Invercargill.
COLE, John Wright 124 Garnet Rd., Westmere, Auckland.
COPAS, Jean Ann 46 Puketapu Rd., Hawke's Bay.
COPSEY, Audrey Joy 55 37 Anzac Rd., Pukekohe.
COREY, Constance Dr 46 134 Mountain Rd., Epsom, Auckland.
CRABTREE, Mary Alison 18 Sydney St., Takapuna, Auckland.
CRABTREE, Norman David 72 18 Sydney St., Takapuna, Auckland.
DAHL, Marie Patricia 57 46 Rajcot Tce., Broadmeadows, Wellington.
DAWSON, Peter Maissie 50 Paemako Rd., Piopio.
DEAN, Kay 22 Broadlands R.D. 1, Reporoa, Bay of Plenty.
DEBBAGE, Florence Daisy 3 Clyde St., Rotorua.
DUKE, Athol David 18 134 Mountain Rd., Epsom, Auckland.
DYKZEUL, Herman Maria Douglas 14 Banksia Pl., Wiri, Auckland.
DYKZEUL, Johannes Jacobs 30 133 Studholme St., Morrinsville.
EDWARDS, Elizabeth Jane 30 25 Feist St., Nae Nae.
EDWARDS, Miriam 13 Rennal St., Ponsonby, Auckland.
EMMETT, Cecilia Campbell 62 R.D. 2 Arapuni Rd., Te Awamutu.
EMMETT, John Barnham R.D. 2 Arapuni Rd., Te Awamutu.
FROST, Kathryn 15 Duncan Ave., Sandringham, Auckland
** correction made by Donna Frost, sister of Kathryn (dec'd) and Barle
GALLAGHER, Alfred James 73 Flat 2, 10 Victoria Ave., Remuera, Auckland.
GALLAGHER, Elsie Thelma Flat 2, 10 Victoria Ave., Remuera, Auckland.
GIBBS, Bryn Mrs 78 20 Norna Cres., Kelburn, Wellington.
GOLLAND, Pamela Margaret 57 McLean Rd., Bucklands Beach, Auckland.
GOSLING, Violet 60 90A Bridge St., Opotiki.
GULLEVER, Richard 11 Hobson St., Kawerau.
HANSEN, Marlene Anne 15 Devon St., Picton
HARRIS, Hazel Phoebe 60 R.D.1, Hamilton
HARRISON, Annie Miss 50 5/6 Hart Rod, Takapuna, Auckland.
HARRISON, Murial Florence 78 41 View Rd., Campbells Bay, Auckland.
HARTLEY, James Follett 36 R.D.3, Otorohanga.
HARTY, Myra Pearl 82 2 King Edward Parade, Devonport, Auckland.
HILL, Eileen 73 20 Balmont Tce., Lower Hutt.
HILL, Gordon Alexander 68 Commins Cres., Mission Bay, Auckland.
HOLLOWAY, Jean Marie 63 372 Glenfield Rd., Glenfield, Auckland.
HOLTHAM, Bryan Ernest 35 47 Derwent St., Invercargill.
HOTSON, Roy Henry 58 R.D.4, Friedlanders Rd., Tuakau.
HOUGHTON, John 39 Passmore Cres., Dunedin.
HOWARTH, Bart Ralph 31 91 Pillans Rd., Tauranga.
HOWARTH, Kathleen Maureen 47 98 Becroft Drive, Forrest Hill, Auckland.
HOWARTH, Peter 52 98 Becroft Drive, Forrest Hill, Auckland.
HUGHES, Stephen 32 20 Princes Regent Drive, Bucklands Beach, Auckland.
HUMPHREY, Mildred 69 10 Melanie Pl., Orewa.
HYNDMAN, Thomas William 60 41 Margate Rd., Blockhouse Bay, Auckland.
JARVIS, Nicholas Dunstan 43 175 Manukau Rd., Glenfield, Auckland.
JENKINS, Evelyn Lois 36 Arrow Rd., Birkenhead, Auckland.
JENNINGS, Charles Ivory 44 21A Peddie St., Taradale, Hawke's Bay.
KARL, Kathline Miss 61 15A Alana Place, Ellerslie, Auckland.
KEARNEY, Denis 40 4 McIlroy Ave., Hillsborough, Auckland.
KEITH, John Edgar 39 1 Kahiwi St., Whangarei.
KENDON, Nancy Phyllis 67 92 Sandspit Rd., Howick, Auckland.
KERR, Betty 12 Parker Ave., New Lynn, Auckland.
KERR, Francis Ronald 12 Parker Ave., New Lynn, Auckland.
KERR, Geoffrey Ian Hamilton 21 10 Bristow St., Wanganui.
KILSBY, Anthony John ABT 44 Poroutawhao, R.D.5, Levin.
KILSBY, Geoffrey Michael 35 Kuputaroa, R.D.5, Levin.
KING, Nancy Miss 62 Church St., Russell.
KIRK, Donald Clive R.D.3, Te Kuiti.
LANVIN, James Francis 58 20 Jane Gifford Plce., Half Moon Bay, Howick, Auckland.
LARSEN, Olaf William Makakahi Rd., Raetihi.
LING, Alison Louise Mrs 60 90A Scinic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland.
LOCHER, Urs 29 Barbary Ave., Kelston, Auckland.
LOMAX, B. Kawerau.
LOUGHNAN, Charles Henry 66 36 Hillcrest Rd., Otumoetai.
LOUGHNAN, Patrick Louis 61 36 Hillcrest Rd., Otumoetai.
MACDONALD, Shirley Jane 35 Thompson St., Palmerston North.
MADGEWICK, Eudora Emily 36 Viponds Rd., Whangaparoa.
MANLEY, David Victor 37 7 Thwaits Pl., Leamington.
MANN, Dorothy Maude 49 27 Graham Ave., Te Atutu, Auckland.
MARSDEN, Dorothy 18 Lauriston Pl., Tokoroa.
MARSDEN, Joseph Alan 45 18 Lauriston Pl., Tokoroa.
MARTIN, Sally 65 Flat 19 69-77 Mulgan St., Blockhouse Bay, Auckland.
MASKELYNE, Trevor John 26 237 Coronation Ave., New Plymouth.
MATHEWS, Aoxautere 60 R.D. Palmerston.
MAYNARD, Olive Myrtle 54 Sargents Rd., Thames.
MAYNARD, William John Sargents Rd., Thames.
MCKENDRY, Richard John 33 27 Karori Rd., Wellington.
MITCHELL, Mark Geoffrey 17 7 Totara Cres., Lower Hutt.
MULGREW, Peter 52 14 Takutai St., Parnell, Auckland.
MUNRO, Ross 34 R.D.3, Otorohanga.
MURRAY, Owen 33 1E Dover St., Mataura, Gore.
MacKENZIE, John 62 41 Hobart Cres., Manurewa, Auckland.
McKENZIE, Margaret Joyce 62 73 Farraday St., Napier.
McMILLAN, John Bruce 64 33A Rapata St., Gisborne.
McMILLAN, Melba Pearl 63 33A Rapata St., Gisborne.
McNAMARA, Bernard Joseph C/o Florence Pl., Pauanui, Tairua.
McNEIL, Eric 49 Araru Ave., Onehunga, Auckland.
NICHOLSON, Christine Margaret 26 Flat 2, 85 Clyde Rd., Christchurch.
O'CONNOR, Ian John 41 1 Rimu St., Timaru.
OLIVER, Mervyn John 65 R.D.10, Palmerston North.
PALMER, David Lloyd 31 5 Ann Rd., Stanmore Bay.
PALMER, Edward James 63 91 Manawai Ave., Otemoetai.
PALMER, Gary Kent 29 9 Weka St., Tauranga.
PATERSON, Ethel Mary 54 24 Tawa Rd., Onehunga, Auckland.
PATERSON, Linda Jan 22 24 Tawa Rd., Onehunga, Auckland.
PAYKELL, Nola Minchin 120 Vauxhall Rd., Devonport, Auckland.
PAYNE, Alfred Murray 34 1/12 Entrican Ave., Remuera, Auckland.
PEACOCKE, Marjorie Ethel 2/60 Bruce Rd., Glenfield, Auckland.
PETHERS, Carla Mrs 49 3 Spencer Tce., Takapuna, Auckland.
PLUMMER, Alexander Francis 85 1/13 Latham Ave., Pakuranga, Auckland.
PLUMMER, Hilda Francis Miss 52 44 Bader St., Hamilton.
POTTER, Michael Arthur 53 Wade River Rd., Whangaparoa.
PRICE, Beatrice Irene 86 184 Mt Albert Rd., Sandringham, Auckland.
PRICE, Beverley "d/o of Above" 184 Mt Albert Rd., Sandringham, Auckland.
PRIDMORE, Joy Agnes 40 Kawiu Rd., Levin.
RAWLINS, Valgria Miss 76 8 Edwin St., Mt Eden, Auckland.
REVELL, Basil Halvor 52 Spa Apartments, Waiwera.
REVELL, Geraldine Mrs 60 Spa Apartments, Waiwera.
RICHMOND, Pamela Gaye Miss 24 Flat 4, 44 Esplanade Rd., Mt Eden, Auckland.
ROBB, Helen "Lady" 10 Victoria Ave., Remuera, Auckland.
ROBERTS, Allison Meryle 46 18 Victory Rd., Wellington.
ROBERTS, Michael Seaver 47 18 Victory Rd., Wellington.
ROBINSON, Betty Estell 36 Pariate.
RUDEN, Karl 79 Springcombe Rd., Mission Bay, Auckland.
SCOTT, Mary Theresa Mrs 40 8 Stonelaw Tce., Dunedin.
SMITH, Betty Louise 46 Neil St., Whangarei.
SMYTHE, Henry Howard 55 Piako Rd., Turua, Thames.
STEVENSON, Anthony James C/o White House, Picton.
STEWART, Donald Mathew 35 1 Wanganui St., Birkenhead, Auckland.
STOKES, Alan Maxwell 51 12 Fordyce Ave., Pakuranga, Auckland.
STOREY, Phyllis May 58 Flat 1, McRAY Rd., Mt Wellington, Auckland.
TANTON, Peter Alec 60 3 Glamis Ave. Manly, Whangaparoa.
TAYLOR, Douglas Clement Frank 56 Whareora Rd., Whangarei.
THOMAS, Roy Pearce Bethlehem Rd., R.D.1.
THOMAS, Walter Daniel 69 813 Whangaparoa Rd., Whangaparoa.
TREMAIN, Floss Mrs 3 Otuyaie St., Taupo.
TREMAIN, Robert David 60 3 Otutaie St., Taupo.
TRINDER, Elaine 26 31 Arcadia Rd., Epsom, Auckland.
WARD, Henry 58 Stoney Creek Farm, Opunuku Rd., Henderson.
WARD, Valerie 57 Stoney Creek Farm, Opunuku Rd., Henderson.
WATSON, Isobel Mrs 65 26 Ennismore Rd., Mt Albert, Auckland.
WATSON, Kathleen 64 Mahia and York Rd., Eastbourne, Wellington.
WEBB, Alfred William No. 1 R.D., Waitoa.
WILLIAMS Jan 60 Longacre, Havelock North.
WILLIAMS, Janet Challis Miss 70 608 Fitzroy Ave., Hastings.
WILLIAMS, Leonard Heathcote 60 Longacre, Havelock North.
WOOD, Barbara Annie 66 Covewood Farm, Kiritea.
WOOD, Irvine Kirkham 72 Covewood Farm, Kiritea.
WORTH, Linda Mrs 74 Flat 5, 23 King Edward Ave; Epsom, Auckland.
ZOLL, Otto 46 4 Rickards Place, New Lynn, Auckland.
MEYER, J. Mr.
BAGNALL, Mr & Mrs.
ANDERSON A. Mrs.
COPLEY, Susan Miss.
EDWARDS, E. Miss.
HOLLOWAY, J. Mrs.
POTTER, H.A. Mr.
JAHN, E. Mr & Mrs.
AISENMAN, L.M. Mrs.
GOTO, N. Mr.
BARNICK, D. Miss.
BARNICK, M. Miss.
BLAIR, P. Miss.
BURCKHALTER, L. Mrs.
DUFF, H. Mrs.
FERRELL, J. Mrs.
HANCE, F. Mrs.
HARRON, M. Mrs.
KLASSOVITY, P.J. Mr.
KLENSCH, K. Mr.
LAKE, M.L. Mrs.
LIES, M. Mr.
SHEPHARD, G. Mr.
STEEL, R. Mr.
THOMPSON, Mr & Mrs.
FURUKAWA, K. Mr.
HIGUCHI, H. Mr.
HIHASHI, Mr & Mrs.
IMAI, A. Mr & Mrs.
KITAGAWA, A. Miss
NODA, S. Mr.
ONO, T. Mr.
OSAWA, Mr & Mrs.
OTANI, M. Mr & Mrs.
OZAWA, N. Mr.
SATO, H. Mrs.
SEGETA, S. Mr.
SEKI, T. Mr & Mrs.
SHIONOYA, R. Mr.
TAKADA, S. Mr.
YANAGISAWA, N. Mr & Mrs.
YOKOYAMA, R. Mr.
BEAUMONT, E. Mr.
PARKAARI, E.K.H. Miss.
RUBEN, K. Mr.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16055 times:
Man looking at all those names really brings home the reality of this crash. It's different when you hear 200+ people died in this crash- that's just a figure. But when you read each individual name it just seems like a lot more people for some reason.
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1531 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 15773 times:
One of the most heroic air rescue (if I may call it that) also involved an Air New Zealand DC10 and its crew who on December 21, 1978 managed to track, locate and guide a lost pilot in a Cessna 188 over the vast Pacific Ocean to a safe landing with just vapours left in his tank. For their efforts which went beyond the call of duty the crew were thus acclaimed:
Captain Gordon Vette and F/O Malcolm Forsyth received the Johnstone Memorial Trophy 1980 from the Guild of Airline Pilots and Navigators
F/E Gordon Brooks and off duty F/E Arthur Dovey who was also on board received commendation certificates from McDonnell Douglas for displaying "the highest standards of compassion, judgement and airmanship".
Gordon Brooks was the FE on the ill fated ZK-NZP when she was lost on November 28, 1979 less than a year later.
Capt. Vette went on to write a book titled 'Impact Erebus' on the accident.
Yes, all of them are remembered and we pray for them.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
The name of the movie (made for TV) is 'Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771'
A great read is 'Emergency - Crisis on the Flight Deck' by Stanley Stewart which has, besides this incident in great detail, some more absolutely amazing stories which are true to the title of the book.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13423 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 15639 times:
They used to show a film about the crash, or rather the investigation and controversy around it, I cannot remender what it was called, only that it was so long it was shown over two days, each segment being as long as the average film, actor Frank Finlay played Peter Mahon.