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Mt Erebus Crash 1979
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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- Death Date:28 November 1979
- Country:New Zealand
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The 30th anniversary of the Air New Zealand DC10's Mt Erebus disaster is marked on the 28th November 2009. The 1979 sightseeing flight consisted of 257 passengers and crew destined for a 11 hour round trip to Antartica. The plane crashed into Mt Erebus and there were no survivors. Those that lost their lives included 200 New Zealanders, 24 Japanese, 22 Americans, 6 British, 2 Canadians, one Australian, one French and one Swiss.
The tragedy gripped the nation as searchers battled extreme weather conditions to retrieve the bodies and plane remenants. Over 60 people worked on the accident site, most in body recovery. 213 victims were eventually identified. The disaster is New Zealand's biggest single tragedy, followed closely by the Napier Earthquake in 1931.
Peter James ADDIS, Lleone Margaret AISENMAN, Alan Lawrence Malyon ALLAN, Jane Phillipa ALLAN, Marjorie Townley ALLAN, Margret Isabel ANDERSON, Audrey Gordon ANDERSON, Grant William ANGLESEY, Ethel Mary ARMITAGE, Melinda Maria ARNOLD, Valerie Ellen ARNOLD, Graham Mitford ASHTON, Mr BAGNALL, Mrs BAGNALL, Thomas Eric BAINBRIDGE, Llewellyn Arnold BALDWIN, Kay Marion BARNICK, Marion Ruth BARNICK, Earl Aubrey BEAUMONT, Desmond William BECKETT, David John BENNETT, Patricia Adele BLAIR, Marilyn Alma BOND, Robin Melville BOND, Ronald Thomas BREHAUT, Jon Philip BROAD, Phillipa Margaret BROAD, Gordon Barrett BROOKS, Geraldine Kay BROOKS, Aubrey Conroy BROUGH, Geoffrey BUCHANAN, Lucille Clark BURCKHALTER, Lindsay Robert BURGESS, Rose Ellen BURGESS, Heinz BURGI, Lorraine Eileen BURTON, Rae Jeanne BUTLER, Rangiaho CAMERON, Stuart Donald CAMPBELL, John Barrie CARLETON, Marion Rennie CARLETON, Margaret Bell CARR, Elizabeth Mary CARR-SMITH, Graham Ronald CATER, Bryan Harry CHADDERTON, Valerie Enid CHADDERTON, Alla CHRISTIANSEN, Hugh Francis CHRISTMAS, David CLARK, Irene Alice CLARK, Iris CLARK, William Henry CLARK, Joan Audrey COCKRILL, Cyril Bernard COLBRAN, Yvonne Louise COLBRAN, John Wright COLE, Thomas James COLLINS, Martin John COLLINS, Jean Ann Barnett COPAS, Susan Elaine COPLEY, Audrey Joy COPSEY, Constance COREY, Mary Alison CRABTREE, Norman David CRABTREE, Marie Patricia DAHL, June DAVIES, Kay DEAN, Florence Daisy DEBBAGE, Nora Violet DEMAGE, Helen Dora DUFF, Athol David DUKE, Hermanus Adrianus Johannes Maria Douglas DYKZUEL, Johannes Cabrini Maria DYKZUEL, Gwen Louise EAGLES, Edna Miriam EDWARDS, Elizabeth Jane EDWARDS, Cecillia Campbell EMMETT, John Barnham EMMETT, Jean FERRELL, Michael James FINLAY, Katherine Edith Janet FROST, Kuniyasu FURUKAWA, Alfred James GALLAGHER, Elsie Thelma GALLAGHER, Brucie GIBBS, Richard GILLIVER, Violet Iris GOSLING, Norio GOTO, Pamela Margaret GULLAND, Florence Lee HANCE, Marlene Anne HANSEN, Hazel Phoebe HARRIS, Annie HARRISON, Muriel Florence Rose HARRISON, James Follett HARTLEY, Myra Pearl HARTY, Kathleen HAWORTH, Peter HAWORTH, Mitsuo HIGUCHI, Eileen Elsie HILL, Gordon Alexander HILL, Jean Marie HOLLOWAY, Bryan Ernest HOLTHAM, Roy Henry HOTSON, John Greenleaf HOUGHTON, Ralph Brenton HOWARTH, Steven William HUGHES, Mildred Alice HUMPHREY, Thomas William Noel HYNDMAN, Akira IMAI, Hisao IMAI, Ernest Adalbert JAHN, Isabel JAHN, Nicholas Dunstan JARVIS, Evelyn Lois JENKINS, Charles Ivory JENNINGS, Kathleen Florence KARL, Dennis Frances KEARNEY, Dianne KEENAN, John Edgar KEITH, Nancy Phyllis KENDON, Betty KERR, Francis Ronald KERR, Geoffrey Ian Hamilton KERR, Anthony John KILSBY, Geoffrey Michael KILSBY, Nancy KING, Donald Clive KIRK, Asako KITAGAWA, Paul Anthony KLASSOVITY, Carl Robert KLENSCH, Mary Louise LAKE, William Olaf LARSEN, James Francis LAVIN, Yves LEPINE, James Charles LEWIS, Michael Ralph LIES, Alison Louise LING, Urs LOCHER, William Brian LOMAX, Charles Henry Devenish LOUGHNAN, Patrick Louis LOUGHNAN, Graham Neville LUCAS, John Alexander MACKENZIE, Margaret Joyce MACKENZIE, Stella Vonomerie MACKENZIE, Eudora Emily MADGWICK, Muriel MAGNELL, David Victor MANLEY, Dorothy Maude MANN, Suzanne Margaret MARINOVIC, Dorothy MARSDEN, Joseph Alan MARSDEN, Sarah Jane MARTIN, Trevor John MASKELYNE, Robert MASON, Barbara Dawn MATTHEWS, Bruce Rhodes MAXWELL, Olive Mrytle MAYNARD, William George MAYNARD, Shirley Jane MCDONALD, Richard John MCKENDRY, John Bruce MCMILLAN, Melba Pearl MCMILLAN, Eric Albert Dunbar MCNEIL, Roy William MCPHERSON, Jurg MEIER, Mark Geoffrey MITCHELL, Junichi MITSUHASHI, Nicholas John MOLONEY, Katrina Mary June MORRISON, Peter David MULGREW, Ross MUNRO, Owen John MURRAY, Christine Margaret NICHOLSON, Shigeru NODA, Ian John O'CONNOR, Hiroko ODANI, Morihiko ODANI, Mervyn John OLIVER, Tetsuro ONO, Juhei OSAWA, Masa OSAWA, Norio OZAWA, David Lloyd PALMER, Edward James PALMER, Gary Kent PALMER, Eija Kylli Marjatta PARKKARI, Ethel Mary PATERSON, Linda Jan PATERSON, Nola Minchin PAYKEL, Alfred Murray PAYNE, Majorie Ethel Isabella PEACOCKE, Carla PETHERS, Alexander Francis PLUMMER, Hilda Francis PLUMMER, Michael Arthur Edwin POTTER, Robert John PRESTON, Beverley PRICE, Joy Anges PRIDMORE, Beatrice Irene PROCE, Valerie Mary RAWLINS, Basil Halvor REVELL, Eileen Geraldine REVELL, Pamela Gayl RICHMOND, Helen Lady ROBB, Alison Meryl ROBERTS, Michael Seaver ROBERTS, Betty Estelle ROBINSON, Karl RUDEN, Hisako SATO, Russell Morrison SCOTT, Marie Theresa SCOTT, Michi SEKI, Toshiro SEKI, George M SHEPPARD, Seishrio SHIGETA, Ryoichi SHINONOYA, Stephen George SIMMONS, Betty Louise SMITH, Henry Howard SMYTHE, Ralph Augustus STEEL, Anthony James Leonard STEVENSON, Donald Matthew STEWART, Alan Maxwell STOKES, Phyllis May STOREY, Masaaki TAKADA, Peter Alex TANTON, Douglas Clement Frank TAYLOR, Roy Pearce THOMAS, Walter Daniel THOMAS, Billlie Tadlock THOMPSON, Henry Ford THOMPSON, Watson THOMPSON, Florence Anne TREMAINE, Robert David TREMAINE, Elaine Frances TRINDER, Henry WARD, Valerie WARD, Isobel WATSON, Katherine WATSON, Alfred William WEBB, Janet Challis WILLIAMS, Janet Mary WILLIAMS, Leonard Heathcote WILLIAMS, Marie-Therese WOLFERT, Barbara Annie WOOD, Irvine Kirkham WOOD, Linda WORTH, Hamako YANAGISAWA, Nobuyoshi YANAGISAWA, Ryoji YOKOYAMA, Otmar ZOLL
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A message for Miss Copley and her family You were my teacher at Thrybergh Junior and Infant School, England, and you took me and my friends to music lessons every Saturday morning on a rickerty old red bus. Thank you. We were all devestated when you went, you were due to come back home to us and went on a sight seeing tour as part of your adventure. We all missed you and we still think of you. God Bless Miss Copley X
Henry and Val Ward
I first met Henry (Harry) and Val when they lived in Monaco in Nelson NZ many years ago shortly after they emigrated to NZ from the UK, if I remember right my father Cyril built their house at Monaco. We spent a lot of time with them socially before they moved up to Auckland, and we missed their company. I have a photo of them taken at Monaco.
Valerie Enid CHADDERTON
Remembering my dear school friend Valerie (nee THOMAS). Val was my best friend at E.G.G.S. and we kept in touch over the years. I often spent weekends with her and Bryan at Papatoetoe before my marriage and am godmother to her eldest daughter Viccy. We had a few days in Sydney together and spoke of another in the summer of 1980 but it wasn't to be.
Who was that young man from Waitara?
Today 15.2.15, I watched Erebus Air Crash on SBS. I have always remembered that day, when I was a young girl working in the local chemist shop (Peter Budden Chemist) in Waitara, NZ. This young man who I had seen a few times in the shop, came in and bought loads of 35mm Kodak colour film. I asked him why he was buying so many and he told me about an exciting trip he was planning to go on, to fly over the Antarctic. I, of course being a young girl, wasn't sure what all the fuss was about? He told me with much excitement in his voice about the beauty of it and how he loved photography and was planning to take loads of shots, hence why he was buying so much film. As he left, I told him to have a great time.... and off he went. I didn't know him, I didn't know his name, but today looking at this site having been watching the documentary, brought the memories back. I remember feeling very sad and upset that I had sold this young man his last film, heard his excitement on going on this trip and sad that nobody would ever see the shots he had taken. When I looked at the names of those that died on that flight, I saw a name that could fit the age and location of this man at the time. It may of been Grant William Anglesey, Waitara? RIP Grant and I'm sorry I never got to see those wonderful photos.....
Sue Elaine Copley
Dear Sue Just came across this site having watched a program about your terrible tragedy. I thank you for inspiring me going into teaching, first college, then teaching, then teacher education. I hope you are at peace. I was with your best friend Liz in the UK a few weeks ago and your name came up as a fond memory. We thought back to the many cups of coffee, your enthusiasm and ever sharp wit. How they are missed. God Bless Ed
Katrina Mary Morrison (Air Hostess)
Such a long time(35 years) but it still haunts me with sadness. I no longer see your parents Memorium notice but I'm sure they have you still in their hearts. I've kept the verse your parents put in each year as its a beautiful Scottish lament. You were loved Katrina Morrison and I like to think that you were an angel to your passengers.
I've never met you, but knew your son Fritz, we were in the same class in Primary. I remember the day the news was broadcast and the day that Fritz came back to school. He never said a word when he stood at the door but the whole class knew and that day I believed we all felt like we had lost our dad on that fateful flight. I often think about Fritz and I'm always overcome with sadness from so long ago. I hope he found his way in life and that it was filled with happiness, love and laughter and after so so long, I just wanted to say - sorry for your loss Fritz. God Bless.
Dear Sue, it was a lifetime ago that you tought me music at junior school and although I was very young at the time, I recall being upset at hearing the news of the crash. I have no idea why but you keep popping into my head and I've now come across this site where I feel compelled to leave a message. I suppose it's true then that people who have touched you in some way never really leave you. It is comforting to know that we stay in peoples memories and hearts for a long time after we are gone. I hope someone remembers me in the same way. God bless.
Roy Pearce Thomas
I recall quite vividly as a motorcycle traffic officer in persuit of a speeding motorist (120km/h) south bound on the Porirua - Tawa section of the SH1 motorway. The driver a youngster was given the usual speel for his stupid act. His response "Haven't you heard?" I politely said "Heard what?" The driver anxiously said a DC10 has crashed into Mt Erebus. Making sure I heard right, anced at my watch and noted the time was 15 min to the evening news. I immediately warned the young fella and told him to keep his speed down and that i would radio ahead. You see Roy I've never met you and yet we were destined to become a family in more ways then one. I servred in the Army for 7 years and part of my career I spent 3 months in 1972 at Scott Base loading and unload freight in out of the ice. Approx 1982 I met two child girls at my home in Whitby, Porirua. In 1987 Roy, I married your daughter. It is now 2013, me and Sue are starting to injoy the great parent life. You see Roy its possible that you more than likely new my father who lived and worked in Taihape. The family home was in Utiku. So in my getting to know you Roy through your family i will feel especially proud to be your maori son inlaw . I continue with the bond knowing that when i look to the south, memories will continue and I gues I owe this all to that speedster who got a kick in the bum for speeding back in 1979. "Like stars that glitter way up there somewhere, so shall my thoughts glow in the same light" Arohanui
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