Erebus

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Unedited recordings by 3ZB reporter John Blumsky who interviews several people about the Air New Zealand DC-10 crash on Mount Erebus in Antarctica, 28 November 1979.

(This is possibly a press conference at Christchurch Airport on the night of 28 Nov.1979 or in the early hours of 29 Nov 1979, after the wreckage was sighted.)

The first interview is at a press conference with an unidentified man about the first report of sighting of the plane wreckage, and details of the circumstances of last contact with air traffic control and with a Starlifter aircraft at McMurdo Sound.

Another man, Squadron Leader Francis, then shows the reporters a map and indicates where the DC-10 crash site is.

John Blumsky then interviews First Class Petty Officer Mike Hatcher, Public Relations Officer for Operation Deep Freeze in Christchurch, on the evening of 28 Nov 1979 or early hours of 29 Nov, after the wreckage had been spotted on Mt Erebus.

He speaks about his involvement in search operations. He says United States helicopters from McMurdo Base are being moved in to the wreckage site. There is discussion about sightings of the wreckage, which he says is spread over a 200-yard area.

He denies that there was any contact between the DC-10 and the Starlifter aircraft. He says the DC-10 was in contact with McMurdo Base at about 1pm in the afternoon.

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Year 1979

Reference number 17116

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Ngā Taonga Korero Collection

Genre Interviews (Sound recordings)
Sound recordings

Credits RNZ Collection
Hatcher, Mike, Interviewee
Blumsky, John (b.1928, d.2013), Interviewer

Duration 00:10:03

Date 28 Nov 1979

Subject Air New Zealand
Operation Deep Freeze
Erebus, Mount (Antarctica)/Antarctica
McMurdo Sound (Antarctica)/Antarctica
Aeronautics -- Antarctica -- Erebus, Mt.
Aircraft accidents -- Antarctica

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