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On 28 November. 1979. an Air New Zea land DC-10 plunged into the side of an active volcanoe, Mount Erehus, in the Antarctic. It was the world's fourth largest aircrash and New Zealand's biggest disaster; 257 people died.

Michael Guy's wide-ranging and evocative account results of intensive research, during which time he interviewed families who had lost relatives, police. mountainers, airline personnel and many others.

Auckland International Airport to Antarctica and the fatal last stages of Flight 901 to Erebus.

The history of Antarctic flights seen against a back- ground of warnings that they might one day end in tragedy, and the history of previous major DC-10 disasters.

The dramatic account of Operation Overdue and Operation Recovery. Crisis committees and the mountaineers and police teams who grappled with snow and ice to search for bodies in one of the world's most inhospitable enviroments.

The aftermath of tragedy: the identification of victims flown back to New Zealand and the lonely grief of those who mourned.

Chief Inspector of Air Accidents Ron Chippendale's report on the crash; the involved matter of litigation. Chippendale's conclusions and recommendations and some of the seemingly unanswerable questions which faced the Royal Commission.

*Why did Flight 901 disregard minimum safety altitudes?

• Why did Flight 901 change course without alerting Ant- arctic Air Traffic Control?

• Why was Flight 901 not told that their computerised flight-path had been changed?

• Why was Flight 901 not fully aware of the danger of white- out?

Did complacency lead to overconfidence and disaster?

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