Passenger Plane Crashes in Antarctica | Mt. Erebus Disaster | Air New Zealand Flight 901 | 4K



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  1. 66lwmorgan

    September 7, 2018 10:54 pm

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  2. jelly _marmot

    December 28, 2019 5:56 pm

    flying that low during a white out in that terrain seems to be the most ignorant thing I've heard in a while….that's just my opinion though…did anyone check into the pilot's mental health before the accident? I understand it's a sightseeing flight, but…refund their money and cancel the flight if there's poor conditions outside…

  3. Christine

    December 30, 2019 10:53 pm

    This music.. these videos.. make me so sad. Why do I watch 10 in a row..I need cartoons now. How tragic and horrifying.

  4. soapwonder

    December 31, 2019 9:12 am

    You make really good videos with lots of useful Information! The whole flight was a crazy idea! May they rest in peace. 40 years later!

  5. John Kzuknox

    January 6, 2020 1:53 pm

    Did US Atc offer surveillance radar? Didn't warn. Can remember that crash. Tail plane on the ice photo. Then coverup

  6. John Kzuknox

    January 6, 2020 1:55 pm

    NZ PM has announced 2019 Dec an apology over the crash and investigations matters saying will relook at it, ie any wrongful actions. Amen.

  7. Mark Stasz

    January 10, 2020 8:52 am

    With peaks as high as 12,000 feet how on earth were there no discussions about them? They are flying low and in circles and in conditions that make it nearly impossible to gauge visually height and distance assuming you had any visibility at all? The late great Frank Herbert' novel Dune had a character named Thufir Hawat. Thufir said in this book, "the first step in avoiding a trap is knowing of its existence". Knowing that I am flying as low as 1500 feet in unfamiliar territory that has peaks higher than 12,000 feet would make avoiding them my top 9 concerns on a top 10 concern list.

  8. Gustavo de Sarriera

    January 11, 2020 10:33 pm

    Argentina, as the nearest country from Antarctica, never considered the possibility to this kind of flights. As we are present antarctica since 1904, we are aware of danger of flying there, and we usually operate military flights to our permanent Marambio Air Field in that base. Commercial flights would have never been approved with unexperienced pilots and inocent civils on board.

  9. Dan Fraser

    January 12, 2020 5:11 pm

    With all due respect to those who perished and to the grieving families….I can’t understand how sightseeing at 450mph is a great idea… opposed to a helicopter, hot air balloon, car, train, bus. How long does one get to really take in the beauty of a volcano at that speed? Seems expensive and odd to me.

  10. Robyn Campbell

    January 13, 2020 6:19 am

    I worked with one of the air stewards wife and had seen photos of his previous flight. I remember hearing the news on the radio and his name and also the name of one of my primary school teachers being read out and I cried. ,even in the photos from the air stewards previous trip with all the snow it was hard to recognise things. In white out it would have been even worse. We were appalled when the blame was focused on the pilot as there was so much coverup going on and I had already heard the flight had been preprogrammed and that it had been altered on that flight long before the second enquiry so was pleased when the pilot was finally cleared. How could they know they were in the wrong position in whiteout conditions. Obviously the people at mcmurdo also had no idea about the flight path changes either. It was very hard on so many people so close to christmas especially the children of those who were killed, It affected how us as a country viewed Air NZ as well. I dont think we ever trusted them the same way we had previously as we had been very proud of our airline. It was a different time back then for New Zealand and we took the disaster close to our hearts as every one knew someone or someone who knew them. Actually knowing 2 on the flight and knowing personally the battle to clear the pilots name made watching the video a bit hard for me. It doesnt seem it happened that long ago. Being in my 60s now I really appreciated getting more details than were let out at the time. Thanks for the video

  11. Opening and Closing Logos

    January 16, 2020 2:54 am

    Why is the newer version of the GPWS sounding instead of the old version? This is an old aircraft!

  12. Hannah

    January 18, 2020 6:12 am

    It’s also chilling to think that a lot of people on the plane would have been standing up so they could get a first glimpse of the mountain they thought they were flying by rather than in to…I did a research project on this for my travel and tourism course. It’s truly one of the darkest days in NZ history and strangely enough it’s very seldom spoken about in our schools. It makes me so mad because it’s like it was just swept under the rug and Air New Zealand has barely acknowledged this as part of their history. They just talk about how they’re voted the best blah blah blah. The family of these victims deserve better. Plus the amount of grief and stress that the wife of the captain went through following the crash was disgusting. These people should be ashamed of themselves.

  13. Mediterranean Rose

    January 22, 2020 5:54 am

    What makes it worse is that these people died in one of the coldest places in the world, what a way to go out

  14. Enrique Lopez

    January 22, 2020 10:39 am

    Could you please clarify me something, there was a case as to flight #403, was that investigated, it had me thinking what really happened, did they ever find the plane, was there an explanation as to what happened.

  15. Rima Man

    January 27, 2020 11:52 am

    they were shot down by u.s military , everytime somthing like this happens america is in the mix or near by, bermuda triangle , titanic etc that plane saw somthing it wasnt suposed to they blew it away and dropped the wreckage on the mountain

  16. Christopher Haslett

    January 29, 2020 6:45 pm

    Was no blame at all attributed to the pilots? They have the controls and the responsibility for situational awareness. How well did they study maps of the area and learn about highland hazards? Did they have no way of estimating their position?

  17. TralfazConstruction

    January 30, 2020 12:32 pm

    What could we plan that would involve a large aircraft full of trusting souls to place them in as much danger as possible up to and over the limit? This sort of vanity excursion is the answer to that question.

  18. Bruce Kain

    January 31, 2020 1:07 am

    No one survived the impact, the plane careened up the incline for quite a way but the passengers were already dead, killed in a split second, according to the report most of the passengers were decapitated by the sudden deceleration and being slammed into the seat in front of them.

  19. Zoomer30

    January 31, 2020 8:41 pm

    "….. And if you look out the left window you'll notice the volcano we are about to crash into…"

    When people don't pay attention this is what happens.

  20. Jon Baker

    February 2, 2020 2:18 am

    I'm confused. Why does a plane get programmed to run into a volcano? Was it mass murder intentionally by whoever programmed the plane? This doesn't seem to make sense to me

  21. NewsMan 1967

    February 4, 2020 6:58 am

    what a dumb idea for flight. is the rendering of the placement of the wing mounted engines correct? they look a tad forward.

  22. Jawad Chy

    February 4, 2020 1:22 pm

    No one went to Antarctica and there are no volcanoes even no Permanent houses. Lol lol lol"lllllllllll

  23. Kenny DeMartini

    February 8, 2020 3:01 am

    Commentator – "Ladies and gentlemen, if you look out the right side windows, you'll see where we're about to crash"

  24. AsianPerson3

    February 8, 2020 8:53 pm

    Programed to fly into the Mtn… They don't want us going to ant artica. EVER! Let alone find out what it there.

  25. britiw

    February 10, 2020 5:49 pm

    Is it actually worth it? What so "impressive" you can see trough your window to go for trip that doesn't even relocate you somewhere else? See piles of ice and snow trough window, then return? Or was/is New Zealand so boring you had to do this? A very arguable entertainment anyways…

  26. Sean Hanlins Daddy

    February 11, 2020 11:56 pm

    Im no dummy, (most days) but it seems like the subtitles need about 5 seconds more, or voiced over. I get distracted and have to double back and read it again. Don't get me wrong, you're on fire with these crackcast, just need a couple seconds more. 257 people gone because someone did not do their job.

  27. EyeComeInPeace

    February 12, 2020 1:09 am

    Crashing a plane into Antarctica is akin to crash landing on an unknown barren ice world planet. This story gives me the shivers. Brrrrrrrr…. May the crew and passengers RIP.

  28. Chalindia Whaley

    February 12, 2020 9:43 pm

    There nothing good about this but I love this channel I have never flown before and never will thank you so much for being such a professional!!

  29. Ed Ellis

    February 14, 2020 9:48 am

    my old teacher was in this flight, it was ridiculous i remember the headmaster told the whole school, it really hurt me

  30. Jan van Marle

    February 15, 2020 5:14 am

    insane behaviour of two ANZ employees who changed the course of the plane in the middle of the night,without telling anyone!They should have been tried for criminal offence and massmurder!!!

  31. Kawy Thowy

    February 15, 2020 7:36 pm

    Can you imagine what that must have felt like? If anyone crashed they didn’t last long because of the cold.

  32. annakeye

    February 16, 2020 1:09 am

    "An orchestrated litany of lies" Justice Peter McMahon. Those words rung out across New Zealand and have been burned into the collective psyche of this nation since 1981. I was at high school when this accident happened and it changed us. We thought Air New Zealand was unstoppable, with a blemish free record. Unfortunately, it was completely owned by the NZ taxpayer so, it was in fact us that paid the costs and fines. To blame the flight crew and think they'd get away with it is beyond reprehensible. Those that orchestrated the cover up should've been imprisoned.

  33. Baxter Stockman

    February 18, 2020 10:06 am

    Pilot: Why aren't you commentating?
    Guide:Um because we're surrounded by fuuking clouds. Ok there's my Errebus.
    Pilot: where? Oh never mind we are dead

  34. Olivia Gates

    February 18, 2020 8:43 pm

    Visuals shouldnt matter if you have altitude meters that should not go below a certain height!!!! Should never have happened, they should have known exactly where they were with a high Mount ahead, so wrong!!

  35. MrCrystalcranium

    February 19, 2020 3:44 pm

    An iconic crash and a real tragedy of epic proportions. The flight had been re-programmed to fly directly at Mount Erebus? Who programmed that flight path…Ted Bundy? There are tragic stories from the team that was dispatched to the crash site, among them having to chase away scavenging birds from the victim remains and the awful smell of burned flesh and kerosene. The wreckage can still be seen during the spring thaw every year.

  36. Rest In Peace Kobe 24

    February 20, 2020 3:54 am

    Shit I would of pulled out of those clouds as high as possible ASAP!!! I would of been like , I need to see where the fuck I’m going fuck this weather bitch

  37. Roger Smoot

    February 21, 2020 12:12 am

    So New Zealand Airlines had to pay for the cost of the investigation plus $150,000,00. Nothing was mentioned regarding the insurance payments provided to the families of the crew and passengers. Were they the ones awarded the cash amount? If so, that was a pitiful payment for lives lost due to negligence by an airline. In today's society, I believe such negligence could well be decided in a court of law by a jury and those responsible would have potentially been charged with criminal negligence or manslaughter. One man's opinion here.

  38. Gman6755

    February 22, 2020 7:23 pm

    Question for a pilot: why was the mountain not showing up on their radar or some other instrument? Were they flying vfr only? Surely not. Thanks.

  39. PhotoGeorge

    February 23, 2020 8:19 pm

    The REAL reason this plane crashed is because Air New Zealand was permitted to fly in an area where weather conditions change rapidly and sometimes visibility is reduced to almost Zero. Commercial Planes should never have been allowed to fly there in the first place. A computer "Flight Plan" is not a guarantee of a Safe Flight. If the Pilots cannot visually SEE where they're going in a landscape like this then they shouldn't be there period. There are NO tower controllers to guide you when you are in Antarctica.

  40. PhotoGeorge

    February 23, 2020 8:30 pm

    The tour commentator probably said: "Sorry folks, but because of the whiteout we can't really see anything of interest right now…..Oh wait, we have a special treat for you. Even though its not on the regular tour, we have up ahead the rare gift of seeing Mount Erebus up close. It's coming up right now and will soon be in viewing range…..".

  41. Brandon Greenleaf

    February 26, 2020 12:58 am

    Let’s see how many people in the comments should have been on that flight or knows someone personally who missed the flight. Guaranteed there are plenty. Who would have known so many people missed the flight as the plane should have been empty. Freaks.

  42. Ramon Arellano

    February 26, 2020 1:00 am

    This flight is actually documented quite well with photos and videos from passengers, and the final photo taken experts claim is as impact is occurring.
    You can see a mist of slush, liquid, and possibly fuel on the passenger window as it collided into the slopes of the volcano. Very tragic.

  43. Rick Rickard

    February 28, 2020 2:33 pm

    Truly amazing how many "friends and family" members come out of the woodwork, to comment publicly on a disaster such as this. And on almost everyone, too.

    As far as this entire debacle goes? The mistakes? Let's count them, shall we? 1) Doing "commercial" sightseeing tours, in and off itself, does NOT sound like a good idea. There are too many variables that come into play. Doing so over fields of ice and snow, which offer up their own issues, bad thinking.

    2) The simple fact that this Captain seemed dead-set on getting down below 2000', in a commercial plane, in an area NONE of the crew has ever been in before? Like, you know, EVER? Insane.

    3) The fact that they had to use a US Navy Radar Station, should have told them that sightseeing this day, was finished, in this area. They were offered 2 other areas, totally clear, and yet, for whatever reason, this Captain was NOT going to be denied the horrible visibility sightseeing, in this area. Again. Insane.

    4) The Captain is told, directly and specifically, to TURN 180 degrees. His response was NOT "clarify'", or "repeat", or "issues detected"? It was NO. Of course, he tried to comply at 600' with no chance at doing so, but hey, what the hell, it's all the COMPANIES fault.

    5) I see the ultimate fault as being Legion. The Judge? Has anyone looked into his/her background, to see WHO appointed him/her? The findings, while partially understandable, do NOT make complete sense. It seems as if this Judge my have leftist, Corporate/Company animosity leanings. He total and complete vindication of the flight crew? Is totally and completely wrong, imo. There are a NUMBER of times that this entire tragedy could have been avoided, with a few, simple, common sense decisions on the Flight Crews part.

    In this day and age, it is all about attacking the major corporations. Moronic. Unless there is clear and blatant findings, then fine. Take them down. But I can see no reason, whatsoever, to lay this entirely on the Companies doorstep. Yes, the Flight plan is a major, and punishable finding, no doubt. However, it was NOT the sole reason for this disaster, not even close.

  44. bigbodyrover

    February 29, 2020 4:10 pm

    I can understand how this one happened…most of the other ones are straight up maintenance and pilot error.

  45. kevin walker

    March 2, 2020 8:52 am

    RIP new Zealand flight 901😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢😧😭😭😭😭jus a warning from the lord….to stay clear of Antarctica…… The frozen south pole….ain't no joke

  46. brex50

    March 2, 2020 6:40 pm

    Air travel is not a joke, its not entertainment, its to be taken very very seriously. No one should be on an airplane unless its absolutely necessary …1970-1974 Aviation Electrician US Navy…….sorry

  47. full draw funatic

    March 3, 2020 3:46 am

    Sometimes common sense is what you use. If you can't see or don't know the area get out of there.

  48. J Barry

    March 3, 2020 3:11 pm

    What an odd tourist idea. To your left ladies and gentlemen….snow. To your right … more snow. Weather…its snowing. In front of us is a large volcano but since its covered in – you guessed it- snow, it's hard for anyone including our pilots, to see it

  49. SmutnaJules007 rychwalska

    March 4, 2020 4:28 am

    I'm sorry a "sight seeing" tour in a commercial jet airliner seems nonsensical to me to begin with. Stick to helicopters where applicable, or not at all. RIP in any case.


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