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Erebus memorial delayed

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage has told Erebus families that the Erebus National Memorial will not be ready for the 40th anniversary of the accident on 28 November 2019. The scale and complexity of the memorial means it will be delayed until at least mid-2020, according to chief executive Paul James.

The crash of Air New Zealand McDonnell Douglas DC-10 ZK-NZP, flight TE901, on the slopes of Antarctica’s Mt Erebus on 28 November 1979 with 257 fatalities—237 passengers and 20 crew—is New Zealand’s worst civil disaster and still the southern hemisphere’s worst aviation accident...

Avalanche risk survey supported

The NZDF and DoC joined forces recently to survey potential avalanche risks and remove about 2t of discarded wooden tracks in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Air Cdre Andrew Clark, the Air Component Commander, said the NZDF provided logistic expertise and heavy-lifting capability for DoC projects that have a direct impact on the safety of the thousands of people who visit the national park each year.

Information gathered during the survey, last conducted by DoC in 2016, will be provided to the Mountain Safety Council, the national organisation publishing online advisories on avalanche risks as part of its mandate to encourage safe participation in land-based outdoor activities....

Smoking is bad for your career

An emergency descent by an Air China B737, similar to that pictured above, carrying 153 passengers and nine crew members, after it lost cabin pressure on 10 July had experts puzzled. But a preliminary investigation by China’s aviation regulator has attributed the incident to the copilot smoking an e-cigarette in the cockpit during the flight.

Air China flight CA106 was en route from Hong Kong to Dalian in China when it abruptly descended from 35,000ft to 10,000ft, prompting oxygen masks to be deployed. It then climbed and continued to its destination at a peak altitude of 26,600ft....

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