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Waikumete ceremony marks 25th Erebus anniversary

18 November 2004

Waikumete ceremony marks 25th Erebus anniversary

Sunday November 28th 2004 marks the 25th anniversary of the Air New Zealand flight 901 crashing into the lower slopes of Mt Erebus. A memorial service in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell at 12.00 noon on Sunday 28 November will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Erebus Memorial in Waikumete Cemetery. The Erebus memorial was erected in 1981 beside the mass grave of unidentified victims of the DC10 accident during a sightseeing flight to Antarctica.

Names of passengers and crew whose bodies were either not recovered or identified are engraved on the memorial erected by Air New Zealand.

Around the grave area are a number of wooden seats placed in memory of the Japanese passengers on the 28 November 1979 flight.

Among the 257 passengers were people from New Zealand, United States, Great Britain, Australia, South America and Japan.


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