Erebus: Into the Unknown
Director: Peter Berger, Charlotte Purdy
Cast: Niamh Peren, Paul Hallett
Genre: Documentary Drama
Country of Origin: New Zealand 2014 91 mins.
Released by SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT
'An insight into one of New Zealand's largest corporate cover-ups.'
On 28th November 1979, an Air New Zealand jet with 257 passengers went missing during a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. The police officers sent to recover the victims had any experience of Antarctica and were told that their job was to recover bodies, not to investigate a crime scene. The investigation team's efforts to uncover the mystery of how a jet could fly into Erebus mountain in broad daylight raised more questions than it answered. The air crew were experienced and known for a cautious and planned approach. What happened to the missing pages from the flight captains ring binder? Did the captain not see the mountain? Was it solely pilot error or is the company's image at stake? Did the airline have a secret to bury?
'Erebus: Into the Unknown' is the story of four New Zealand police officers who went to Antarctica as part of the police operation to recover the victims of the jet crash.
For the first time, an Air New Zealand senior staff member provides the inside story of the airline that was accused of one of the largest corporate cover-ups in New Zealand’s history. Set in the beautiful yet hostile environment of Antarctica with 24 hour light and rapid weather changes this is true story of an extraordinary police operation.