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Stuff | RNZ
White Silence
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...
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4.7 stars from 582 ratings
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I was a 15 year old English boy, living in NZ with my parents throughout 1979. We lived on the flight path of Christchurch airport and that fateful night, awaited hearing ‘the missing aircraft’ flying over us. Of course it never came. I have waited 40 years to hear this full and frank story....Read full review »
rickinblackuk via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/03/20
Minor point
The flight number should be pronounced TE nine ZERO one. Not “O”.
NZFARGO via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 03/25/20
A very interesting podcast. Well worth listening to.
Martin Pounds via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/07/20
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