Erebus Flight 901: Litany of lies?

Erebus Flight 901: Litany of lies?

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.

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November 27, 2019 30 min
As relatives of the Erebus victims return to the crash site to mark the 30th anniversary, Jim Collins’ daughter Pippa makes a surprising discovery.
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When Justice Peter Mahon accused Air New Zealand of "an orchestrated litany of lies", it marked the beginning of his own downfall.
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November 25, 2019 31 min
The puzzling disappearance of Captain Collins' black ringbinder and the evidence of two Air New Zealand staff at the commission of inquiry.
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November 24, 2019 30 min
How the little-understood phenomenon of whiteout played a big role in the crash and the pilot who helped explain it.
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November 21, 2019 29 min
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,
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November 20, 2019 34 min
The first official account of how the crash happened is released - and it does not look good for the pilot, Captain Jim Collins.
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November 19, 2019 29 min
Investigators struggle to hear vital clues on the plane's 'black box' flight recorder. Finally they reach a conclusion - but are stunned by what happens next.
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November 18, 2019 34 min
As traumatised rescuers try to cope with the carnage on the slopes of Erebus, claims emerge of a cover-up at Air New Zealand.
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November 17, 2019 37 min
The events of November 28, 1979. The family of pilot Jim Collins recall the day he never came home and an American pilot describes his attempt to warn the doomed Air New Zealand DC10.
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November 17, 2019 36 min
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime - but 257 people died when an Air New Zealand plane crashed into Mt Erebus in Antarctica in 1979. The reasons why are as controversial today as ever.
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November 7, 2019 53 sec
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...
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