Erebus: Operation Overdue

On 28 November 1979, a jet carrying 257 passengers crashed into Mount Erebus, Antarctica. Within hours, 11 ordinary police officers were called to duty. Travelling to the most inhospitable place on earth to deal with one of the world’s worst air disasters, they were pushed to their limits.

As they started recovering the victims, an investigation team tried to uncover the mystery of how a jet could fly into a mountain in broad daylight. Did the airline have a secret it wanted to bury? For the first time, senior staff from Air New Zealand give us the inside story.

Mixing high quality reconstructions with original archive and interviews and filmed in the beautiful environment of Antarctica, this is the compelling true story of an extraordinary police operation.


  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 72 & 52 mins
  • Production: Rogue Productions
  • Director: Charlotte Purdy & Peter Burger
  • Available Versions: ENG, GER
  • Country of production: New Zealand



  • NZ Documentary Edge Festival 2014, Spotkania Zakopane Mountain Film Festival 2014

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