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FS2004 - Disaster on Mt. Erebus (Air New Zealand Flight 901)

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Please support this channel by following me on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/allecibay (TE-901) was a scheduled Antarctic sightseeing flight that operated between 1977 and 1979. The flight would leave Auckland Airport in the morning and spend a few hours flying over the Antarctic continent, before returning to Auckland in the evening via Christchurch. On 28 November 1979, the fourteenth flight of TE-901, a , registration ZK-NZP, flew into Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica, killing all 237 passengers and 20 crew on board. The accident became known as the Mount Erebus disaster. Music: When The Lights Came On Artist: Kai Engel Listen to the entire music here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFS_RWHYx7U Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/allec.ibay https://www.instagram.com/joshandroma/ https://www.twitter.com/joshandroma
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Alexandra Ashborn (6 days ago)
Beware of Israel Jews bombing the flight.........>ChristChurch..........seriously........got DNA to live there and you pay $50,000+ for them to rape/murder??????????/GMAFB. Give Me A Break.
Alexandra Ashborn (6 days ago)
Barbara Specter, psychopath sending blacks to Sweden and Norway where the little girls Suicide after FILTH rapes them, From Barbara Specter's, Israeli Jewish sendoff? OUI.
annieladysmith (11 days ago)
There should have been a criminal investigation. This ended all public flights to Antarctica, cloaking it entirely in secrecy and military guardianship. This is what we now call a "false flag" which is a deliberate disaster to push an agenda. The agenda was to make Antarctica a restricted, jointly held, military base. .
Ted Kier (14 days ago)
leave it to some Headjustice in New Zealand to call it like he saw it. for once . a "well-orchestrated littany of lies!" what a ballsy headjustice!
Paiiin In The Butt (14 days ago)
I’m a kiwi. Very sad. I’m glad there was an enquiry and the truth came out in the end. RIP
Jodonho (18 days ago)
Mountains like to hide behind clouds.
Kunta Kinte (22 days ago)
I wonder how many fish have been to Mars! 😯😯🏃🏃🚶🚶👤🐟🐟🐠🐠🐠🐙🐙🐙🐙🐋🐋🐬👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽
Levent Öztürk (24 days ago)
at the end of the vıdeo " enjoyed the vıdeo? " whats there to enjoy about ?? ı personally fınd that questıon awkward.. there ıs clearly nothıng to enjoy about especıally when ınnocent people lose there lıves.. please make a change on that.. wıll you ?
KB1523 (24 days ago)
Sightseeing from an airliner...? It s really rubbish, you only have a small window.I can't believe people are paying for this crap.
Vielka Calderon (27 days ago)
A V...Valcano
Scott Hardie (28 days ago)
Binge watching all these videos... very informative
Darcy Black (1 month ago)
A few of them stand out. Uberlingen, to me was the scariest.
David II (1 month ago)
White lettering on white cloud background??
Dan R (1 month ago)
Everyone likes to mock and criticize the DC-10. But most of it's bad luck was due to human oversights and mistakes. After it's airline career, it had a quite distinguished career as a mail and freight hauler with almost ZERO accidents. The DC-10 was a safe, stout aircraft if properly maintained and cared for.
Apikera BAKER (1 month ago)
Why don't you say the words
Angelic Mind (1 month ago)
Hang on let me crash the plane so people can see better...
Diego Sebastián Pérez (1 month ago)
Flying in McDonell Douglas DC 10 to Antarctica. Jajajaja
NuWorldMann (1 month ago)
This is some advice for all of your videos :) IF the background is white (like clouds, etc), PLEASE edit the color of the text in the foreground to a color that is legible. Thank you! Yours is my new and favorite channel!
Homer Bostick (1 month ago)
Why would you want to go there what is the meaning of the name Erebus? What is the name of the mountain range that it is on just a thought words that end in US pay attention to especially names
latino heat (1 month ago)
Mcdonald douglas dc10s lot of accidents
titoortiz (1 month ago)
For the last 3 days I’ve stuck on this page watching videos. Amazing job.
Bob Bastion (1 month ago)
Is it just me, or does there seem to be a concerted effort to hang every air disaster on the pilot/pilots?
jagadeesh babu (1 month ago)
I love your videos.. Very good channel on YouTube.
AlmostWins (1 month ago)
McDonnell douglas is worst quality
Ojama Black (1 month ago)
Instant death from g-forces. Well, at least they won’t suffer from years of cancer.
Martin Sparrow (2 months ago)
Coordinates changed unbeknown to the pilots my cousin's husband was on that flight so this did hit home to me
Christopher Dandeker (2 months ago)
A useful link for those who wish to go into more detail/depth http://www.erebus.co.nz/investigation/mahonreport.aspx
Dwight Turner (2 months ago)
I recall the events of this air disaster. I believe that a helicopter flew over the wreckage to take pictures but never landed. The people on board and their valuables were never recovered. The bodies are still there frozen in time.
DarkLight753 (24 days ago)
No probs. If you ever find yourself at McMurdo for whatever reason, you can visit the memorial. If the wreckage isn't buried due to snow you can still see the ANZ livery colours on some parts. As well as the Korou symbol on the tailfin.
Dwight Turner (24 days ago)
+DarkLight753 --- Thanks for the update.
DarkLight753 (24 days ago)
The bodies and the aircraft black boxes were recovered. The wreckage is still there.
Blair Mulholland (1 month ago)
All the bodies were recovered. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_New_Zealand_Flight_901#Rescue_and_recovery
agentorange20 (2 months ago)
First flight to Antarctica, what could go wrong eh?
Liz Wynaco (2 months ago)
Scary.
Niklas Enblom (2 months ago)
I’ve always wondered why the DC-10 had so many accidents. Tragic. I flew on them back in the 80s (as a passenger) and I’m still here!
Amir Sayed (2 months ago)
What is there for sightseeing in Antartica except a snow covered land!
desertflowerz89 (2 months ago)
Use yellow font please
Scooby Carr (2 months ago)
Next time avoid Antarctica entirely. Some things do deserve to be left alone, especially Mt. Erebus.
David Horgan (2 months ago)
It crashed because it hit the dome. Because the Urfff is flat yo!
Eddie Harrison (2 months ago)
Absolutely caused by ANZ Management & covered up by the Muldoon Government !
Becky Rode (3 months ago)
I couldn't get beyond the fact that someone thought it was a good idea to fly a huge jet at 2000 feet as a sightseeing trip. What an odd concept. May they all RIP
DarkLight753 (24 days ago)
It was popular when ANZ did it in the 70's. And it's popular today. Qantas still operate sightseeing flights to Antarctica. They use a Boeing 747.
ALEXxpress (3 months ago)
Seems like these robotic warning voices that yell PULL UP TERRAIN are always coming on too late, most pilots can't respond in time and crash into mountains and things.😯
madmaxrerisen (3 months ago)
If Flat earth is correct, they would have hit the dome.
madmaxrerisen (23 days ago)
+DarkLight753 https://youtu.be/X-huF7fRlnA
madmaxrerisen (24 days ago)
+DarkLight753 Nutjobs are people that accept lies. Can be either side. Search and learn.
DarkLight753 (24 days ago)
Shame they are all a bunch of nutjobs then innit?
Wayne Mathews (3 months ago)
Flying over mountains bugger that
astra234tube (3 months ago)
Could he saved the plane if he was trying an immediate 90 degree turn, instead of trying to gain altitude at the same course?
Ben Doverr (3 months ago)
This one and chape on same nov 28 hmm deliberately brought down to me
Sean Liver (3 months ago)
Didn't they learn from Admiral Byrd having his fleet destroyed going there on a "research mission" after ww2 lol
Chris Davies (3 months ago)
I still remember this happening. No one in NZ was unaffected.
Paul Kersey (3 months ago)
The crash was clearly a pilot error.
Jon Davis (3 months ago)
How can it be the pilots fault when U basically flying into hell
Jon Davis (3 months ago)
If I was the pilot I would refuse to fly to this place
Jon Davis (3 months ago)
Anyone sits on a plane to go to this place has a fukin mental problem
randall williams (3 months ago)
Yeah, I’m not descending until I have the airport in sight. And how about that navy radar they were offered? Radar can’t see a gigantic mountain?
DarkLight753 (24 days ago)
They weren't landing you idiot. They tried to get below the clouds to give the passengers a good view. It was a sightseeing flight. And the radar picks up moisture. The ice in the Antarctic is bone dry. No moisture. And every pilot knows weather radar should not be used for terrain avoidance.
Mike Wang (4 months ago)
Probable cause was sector whiteout which wasnt even discussed in the briefings given to pilots(AIr NZ error).The coordinates were changed prior to the flight but the flight crew were not informed(Air NZ error).The pilots didnt crosscheck that the coordinates of the flight plan that they were briefed on didnt match those of the flight plan on the day(pilot error).Only if they had plotted the actual last two coordinates of the flight plan on a topographical chart would the pilots actually realize the significance of the change in the destination coordinate.For this to be accomplished,you would have to have access to a topographical chart and a large table.In other words,it would have to be done in the pre-flight dispatch phase.The cockpit would not be suitable for such a cross-check.Collins actually did plot the coordinates of the flight plan but he did this using the flight plan given to him during the briefing a week before the crash. Now if the pilots had cross-checked the coordinates of the accident flight plan with those of the briefing flight plan you have to ask yourself two questions:A)would they have taken the discrepancy to the navigation department and asked for clarification?And if so,B)what would the navigation department have told them?According to their own testimony they would have told Collins that the change was only minimal (2nm) and that it wouldnt affect their approach to McMurdo.Now here is the crucial point....Collins would have to recognize that the discrepancy between the 2 coordinates amounted to much more than 2nm and bring this to their attention.1 degree of longtiude at the equator is equal to 60nm but at such extreme southerly latitudes (77S) 1 degree = 13nm only.The longitude coordinate of McMurdo given to Colllins during his briefing a week before the crash was 164'48E whereas the accident flightplan gives McMurdo a longitude of 166'58E.....this is more than TWO degrees about 27nm.I believe that given his experience Collins would have noticed that the discrepancy between the two amounted to much more than 2nm and he would have demanded clarification and that the track to McMurdo be plotted on a chart using this new destination coordinate.In other words,I believe the accident would have been prevented if Collins had checked the accident flight plan against the briefing flight plan.A pilot of his experience would have definitely questioned the navigation department's statement that it was only a 2nm change.For 2 degrees of longitude change to equate to only 2nm you have to be at 88 degrees SOUTH almost at the pole. If this is so,and remembering that whiteout is an optical illusion and human beings cant be blamed for being duped by optical illusions,it is my conclusion that in fact the Pilot in Command is largely to blame for the unfortunate crash.If he had checked those coordinates he would have questioned the navigation dept,he would have seen that the change couldnt have been only 2nm but was in fact 27nm and so was bound to affect his lateral flightpath significantly and hence warranted being re-plotted on a topographical chart.This was the last link in the chain that caused the crash and so must be the probable cause. None of this excuses Air NZ and the NZCAA from their errors and poor oversight, but in the final analysis the pilot in command had the opportunity to detect their errors and prevent the crash.It was his first flight to Antarctica with a 13000' volcano in the vicinity of his final descent,he must check those coordinates are one and the same .......
Everette Jay James (4 months ago)
You get it ere-bus
my starling (4 months ago)
How stupid You send a plane up with 1st time pilots, on a cloudy day. Insane... bless their souls.
DarkLight753 (24 days ago)
First time pilots? What planet are you on? The crew had thousands of hours experience between them. It was the Captain's first flight to the Antarctic. But that didn't mean anything. He was fully qualified to make the flight. And the crash wasn't his fault.
Jon Davis (4 months ago)
Why the fuck would anyone get on a flight to Mount Erbus
Jon Davis (4 months ago)
Its probly a very fucked up place with no food or air to breathe
Jon Davis (4 months ago)
Who the he'll would go to Mount Erbus or whatever the fuck it is looks like a real fucked up place like Mount Everest then people wonder why a tragedy happens shit like this pisses me off so much
Annette Elliott (4 months ago)
I don't believe it....what about pull up didnt they understand....
Beige Machine (4 months ago)
The white text on a white background...hard to read.
Captain Kaos (4 months ago)
New Zealand took a leaf out of Americas book on this one and tried the good old coverup trick attempting to discrace the pilot to cover they're lies.
GroomLeader (4 months ago)
Madness. Flying to an area where there is nothing but ice and snow, nowhere to land, is idiotic. It is so very unfortunate that over 200 people had to die, due to ANZ trying to cover their butts. It is also unfortunate that it took a tragedy before these crazy sightseeing jaunts were cancelled.
brkitdwn (4 months ago)
One BIG oiiiii veyyyyy
beeney2 (4 months ago)
Great video Joshua . I read the book about this crash written by the late Capt Gordon Vette . It does go into some detailed scientific explanations of Sector Whiteout , but is well worth reading . This crash has not been covered by programmes like ' Air Crash Investigation ' as isn't that well known . There were also awards given to the Police and recovery personnel who attempted to get as many of the bodies back home  as possible . These guys worked in terrible weather conditions to carry out their grim task . The weather in Antarctica can apparently deteriorate in a matter of minutes . Another crash that doesn't get much coverage is the mid air crash over Croatia ( then Yugoslavia ) involving an Inex Adria DC9 and BEA Trident in 1976 .
Hasnain safeer (4 months ago)
Huge mistake by the both pilot actually thy react like nothing is wrong before disaster
Thomas Watvedt (4 months ago)
There's a really interesting documentary about the cleanup work that had to be done after this crash. A bunch of New Zealand cops had a very hard time removing all the dead bodies, for weeks. It's called Erebus: Into the unknown
Thomas Watvedt (4 months ago)
uhhh sometimes called Operation Overdue. Seems to be the same docu
Narf (5 months ago)
Always a good idea to fly planes in an area with no visibility and where you can't tell if it's a mountain range or the sky. So fucking brilliant!
Narf (5 months ago)
Looks like the pilots had their first...and last flight to Antarctica...ba dum tss
haywoodyoudome (5 months ago)
White text on a white background was an excellent choice.
Wutangkilla1 (5 months ago)
Happy sight seeing guys 👍👀😬
BowserJr Playz (5 months ago)
Western Airlines flight 2605 crashed shortly after this (DC-10) and American Airlines 191 crashed before this (also DC-10) 1979=great year for DC-10's
Alen Zuzic (5 months ago)
so this was basicly masskilling, changing the flight logg without telling pilots
ProjectFlashlight612 (5 months ago)
Why are people blaming the plane for incorrect flight computer data? That is insane.
Jeffrey E. Johnson (5 months ago)
An unforgettable aviation disaster of immense proportions should never have happened due to sher disregard of flight safety measures, according to horror news of aviation authority investigatiors into the crash. I am lost for words, indeed.
obey conform today (5 months ago)
They saw too much
Vishedward (5 months ago)
Why don't you show how the plane crashes also?
The Interstellar Nomad (5 months ago)
DC were flying shits
Allec Joshua Ibay (5 months ago)
This accident was not even the aircraft's fault.
Sara Beth Williams (5 months ago)
There's something about this accident that for some reason to me, is too tragic. I guess it's because these passengers on this flight were just trying to have some adventure in their lives by flying to Antartica, to see the sights, a once in a lifetime trip, and they end up losing their lives. Too sad, but thought it was good that the investigation into this tragedy found out that senior management changed the flight plan without the crew knowing about this. Unfortunate too the crew didn't catch this, or at least did something to alter the flight plan to prevent this disaster.
nego co (5 months ago)
Now they remove the mountain for safety reason.
Apple629 (6 months ago)
And THAT'S why you DON'T fly into THE FREAKING GOD OF DARKNESS.
Yoma Sane (6 months ago)
Air New Zealand was accused of presenting ''...an orchestrated litany of lies...''? Wouldn't a reasonable, equitable result have been criminal charges being brought against all identifiable responsible parties then? Instead it's yet another example of the application of the principle of ''reverence in the presence of wealth'' by which the 1% NEVER faces consequences for any havoc they cause for those of lower economic strata. It just isn't done, old bean!
Steve Logan (6 months ago)
Forget the sight seeing,get me to my destination safely, and what are those mountain goats doing in the clouds ahead, sad, white on white on white, maintain a safe altitude and tell the commentator to get back to his seat in the cabin, sit down, and shut up
Cristian Margiotta (6 months ago)
And air new zeland is one of the safest.......
Peter Beedle (6 months ago)
I hope someone was jailed for criminal negligence. Also they should never have flown without one pilot having experience in Antarctica.
Gin Weston (6 months ago)
I love the Kiwis, don’t get me wrong, but they messed this up just like they messed Everest up. Too much bravado not enough common sense.
Maggie M (6 months ago)
Pissing about in the Antarctic - and for what?
Werewolf (6 months ago)
That "pull up" alarm always seems to be a lil late. It should say "you're fucked."
Mick Cane (6 months ago)
Another case of blame the pilots.  They were relying on their INS which had an impeccable record of locating the plane with a very high level of precision. They were not told that a waypoint had been altered so that, instead of flying bang up the middle of McMurdo Sound where all previous flights had gone, they were actually flying straight towards an invisible mountain. They were below the cloud base, having let down safely in a break in the clouds (hence the two turns) , and it appeared to them that they were flying in clear air over a level terrain with a clearly visible horizon in the distance. Experienced Antarctic pilots gave evidence at the Royal Commission that the condition known as whiteout gave them the impression that they could see all the way to a clearly defined horizon, when in reality it was an optical illusion and they probably couldn’t see more than a few feet forward though their view of the ground below and the cloud base above was unobstructed. The RC completely exonerated the aircrew.
cambuurrinse (6 months ago)
is it me or does the pull up warning only sounds when its already to late to pull up?
Frederick Kiel (6 months ago)
I absolutely reject the arguments absolving the pilots of blame. Who cares if the coordinates were changed. It's the responsibility of the pilots to know exactly where they're flying. God help me. Are you really telling me that airline pilots have no idea where they're flying, that they blindly follow the computer coordinates? Chinese owned company bus drivers taking passengers for ten bucks between New York and D.C. are smarter then. Very valuable video. I wish that I, a journalist, could interview the pilots for five minutes before getting on any flight to find out if they were mindless drones or alert humans.
GCG (6 months ago)
Actually this weather conditions don't look very good at all. Do they?
Toby (6 months ago)
Allec, thank you for making these. A needed and somber reality check. I used to be in the US Air Force, and been and will probably always be fascinated by flying. Take care, my friend
jabba0975 jj (6 months ago)
I see blaming the pilots doesn't work as well in NZ as in the U.S.  Not surprised. Most of the rest of the world seems to be smarter than we are.
grabber168 (6 months ago)
It makes no sense to fly a DC-10 on a sightseeing tour... how stupid!!!
Michael Shearer (6 months ago)
Is there a chance.tou could do XL888 crash please?
Shashank Vagal (7 months ago)
Crazy decisions of all concerned. We always face irrationality like this many times with guys with high air.
Antonio Perez (7 months ago)
Doing sightseeing flights over Antarctica, one of the most hostile natural environments on Earth, with a long-range high altitude airliner, is probably one of the most foolhardy things to attempt...that it ended as it did, surely was no surprise to anyone-it was bound to happen, at some moment...
Alan Daniel (7 months ago)
There were a lot of people that didnt want civilians flying over shall we say a sensitive area,that part of the earth is not what you think it is
CocaColaMan2733 inc (7 months ago)
So much white 🗻✈ 🗻 🗻 mountains & 🌨 snow made it so hard to see plus, who goes to Antarctica??? 😫
ChristianAndy (7 months ago)
Does anyone know if there was anyone of significant importance onboard, that could have been targeted to be assassinated by death by airplane crash? Was any of Air New Zealand management or personnel that knew of data coordinates changed the night before, Free Masons or Odd Fellows?
Mio Sandberg (7 months ago)
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pond shark (7 months ago)
sight'seeing ?! ... well they got to see a split second close-uP of lovely mt' erebus ... ...
Jonathan Vogel (7 months ago)
hostile enviroment .. go there and understand the risk .. a big risk
6omega2 (7 months ago)
Nothing like the concept of MSEA, you know, to keep you from running into nearby fucking mountains.
Barry Trout (7 months ago)
Allec, you have misinterpreted or missed out much vital information and it is clear you do not understand the details of this accident. The only person who had flown this route previously was indeed Flight Engineer Gordon Brookes. On at least two occasions he expressed his concerns about the situation asking about the whereabouts of Erebus as he could not easily see from the F/E panel in the back of the cockpit. A few minutes later he forcefully stated his concerns: "I don't like this" regarding the continued descent in poor conditions that Collins admitted to shortly later with 'actually, these conditions don't look very good do they?' Secondly, the arrival procedure published and briefed by Air New Zealand called for the NZ901 to overhead the McMurdo TACAN/NDB at not less than FL200 (20,000 ft, well above Erebus) and descend in the southern sector where there is no high ground if it was safe to do so. Despite having no experience on this route, Captain Collins elected to use his discretion to disregard his company's arrival procedure and conduct a visual letdown well to the north when he was unsure of his position and was not under control of McMurdo radar. To the extent that he believed he 'knew' where he was this was based at least in part on the track programmed into his INS (inertial navigation system). Unlike modern systems such as GPS which are updated several times a second, the last definite position fix received by the INS was the Timaru VOR many hours previously. Since then computerised INS gyroscopes had been projecting an estimate of his position. Those who believe the change in the final waypoint caused this crash don't understand aircraft navigation. The INS is for area navigation over vast oceanic distances. It is most certainly not for flying an approach procedure or for terrain avoidance. Thirdly, even though on their assumed track and position they were well within radio range they could not raise McMurdo on the VHF frequency (which operates line of sight) and had to keep using the HF set. The reason of course was because there was a very large lump of rock called Mt Erebus between them and McMurdo. There was nothing wrong with their VHF as they were talking to a military helicopter flight in the area flown by a friend of mine who was the last person to speak to them alive I expect that the combination of  the crew struggling to visually identify landmarks and having to get help from the commentator, descending to 1,500 feet when there's a lot of cloud around, the rather odd situation with the VHF, all contributed to F/E Brookes growing unease as expressed on the cockpit voice recorder. If Mr Justice Mahon was right about Collin's relying on the INS to avoid terrain then this indicates profound negligence that cost 257 people their lives. Thankfully they felt nothing.