On November 28, 1979, a sightseeing aircraft carrying 257 people crashed head-on into Mt Erebus in Antarctica. Air New Zealand had started operating scenic flights over Antarctica only two years before, and they had been a great success. The tragedy of flight TE901 affected almost everyone in the country in some way and led to years of investigations and a bitter blame game.
On the 40th anniversary of the disaster the Government and Air New Zealand offered an apology to the families. It remains New Zealand's worst peacetime disaster.
we ask your blessing on all who travel by air, sea or road. Keep them safe and bring them safely back to their loved ones.
Help us to evaluate our travel plans in the light of the damage our travel does to the planet.
May we act in the best interest of the planet as in the long run that will be in our own best interest also.
By Fr Pat O'Shea - Lower Hutt