Return to Erebus
Over 1 relatives of those killed in the Mt Erebus air disaster visited Antarctica yesterday. The flight’s 14 passengers, who were selected by ballot, flew out of Christchurch to attend a memorial for their loved ones on the ice. The New Zealand Herald reports that the group attended an emotional memorial service at the Koru memorial site led by Anglican Dean of Christchurch, Peter Beck. Poor weather conditions meant the group was restricted to spending four hours on the continent and they were unable to see most of the mountain that claimed the lives of their relatives. The Mt Erebus crash is the worst aviation disaster in New Zealand history, killing all 257 people on board when the scenic flight crashed into the mountain on 28 November 1979.