[Mount Erebus inquiry press conference]

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Radio news coverage of Prime Minister Robert Muldoon at a press conference about the report of the commission of inquiry into the Air New Zealand DC10 crash at Mount Erebus.

The Board of Air New Zealand has made their views clear to Mr Muldoon. After examining the evidence, Air New Zealand will propose action in High Court to overturn some of the inquiry's findings.

He says Air NZ feels some of the inquiry's findings are not supported by evidence. in particular, the criticism by Justice Peter Mahon of airline personnel and his description of the airline presenting an ‘orchestrated litany of lies’.

As Minister of Transport Mr Muldoon is prepared to act on the report's recommendations and any criticism of individual staff will be followed up.

He says he has questions to be put the airline's board and management regarding their responsibility for what occurred, both before and after the crash.

He says the question of suspending Air NZ Chief Executive Morrie Davis is not up to him, but for the board to decide. He believes the advice of Lloyd Brown QC and Mr Williams, senior counsel for the airline, who have recommended the airline go to the High Court to have the inquiry's findings overturned.

RNZ parliamentary reporter Dick Griffin asks Mr Muldoon whether he has given the impression that he supports Air NZ against Justice Mahon's report.

Mr Muldoon says hopes he has not given that impression.

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Year 1981

Reference number 24431

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Credits RNZ Collection
Sledmere, Peter, Newsreader
Muldoon, R. D. (Robert David), 1921-1992, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Griffin, Richard, Reporter
Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand (estab. 1976, closed 1988), Broadcaster

Duration 00:07:54

Date 29 Apr 1981

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