Event Details

Title:Flight into terrain, Air New Zealand McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30 ZK-NZP, Ross Island, Antarctica, November 28, 1979 (Recommended)
Micro summary:This McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 collided with a mountain during a sightseeing charter in whiteout conditions.
Event Time:1979-11-28 at 0049 UTC
File Name:1979-11-28-NZ.pdf
Publishing Agency:Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC)
Publishing Country:New Zealand
Report number:79-139
Site of event:Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica
Latitude/Longitude:S7725'30 E16727'30" at 1467 AMSL
Departure:Auckland International Airport, Auckland, New Zealand
Destination:Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30
Flight Phase:Cruise
Operator(s):Air New Zealand
Type of flight:Charter
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:At 0049:50 hours Greenwich Mean Time (Z) the aircraft collided with the ice-covered slopes of the northern side of Ross Island while it was inbound and 1 miles east of its flight-planned track for its next turning point, Williams Field, McMurdo. The aircraft was flying toward a uniform snow covered ice slope which was beneath an 8/8 cloud cover. ZK-NZP was operating as a non-scheduled, domestic air transport flight from Auckland to Christchurch via various southern islands and the most southerly turning point, Williams Field. There were 20 crew and 237 passengers on board none of whom survived the accident.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Operations - Whiteout or Poor Visibility from Cockpit
Systems - INS/FMS/PMCS mis-entry
Systems - Navigation Systems
Consequence - Hull Loss


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