Betty White stars in an “old school” Air New Zealand safety video

Betty White (The Golden Girls) and others star in a hilarious “old school” safety video from (who else?) Air New Zealand!

Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland), Gavin Macleod (The Love Boat) and Jimmy Weldon (The Yogi Bear Show) star in a hilarious “old school” safety video from (who else?) Air New Zealand! Continue reading “Betty White stars in an “old school” Air New Zealand safety video”

Remembering flight TE901 with a poster

Air New Zealand poster from 1979 for sightseeing trips to Antarctica. Source: New Zealand History Online.
Air New Zealand poster from 1979 for sightseeing trips to Antarctica. Source: New Zealand History Online.

31 years ago, day for day, Air New Zealand flight TE901, a DC-10 with 259 passengers and crew, crashed on Mount Erebus, Antarctica, during a sightseeing trip. I wasn’t born back then, and it was a disaster that occurred thousands of miles away from my present location. The only images that come to my mind are the pieces of wreckage on the white snow.

That was until Laydon M., airodyssey.net visitor like you, brought to my attention the poster on your right… It shows the dates of the sightseeing trips including November 28, 1979. That’s when the disaster occurred. It was like seeing a timetable showing a flight number that was, later, involved in an accident and retired. Kind of eerie.


Qantas A380 fleet is grounded

Qantas Airbus A380 (VH-OQA) takes off from Lon...
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In a press release issued today, Qantas announced it will ground its entire fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft as a precautionary measure following an incident earlier today involving flight QF32. The aircraft was flying from Singapore to Sydney when it experienced an “engine issue”, later confirmed by CNN as the fall of the engine #2 cover. The aircraft made a safe landing back in Singapore. Flight QF32 was carrying 440 passengers and 26 crew.
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