The Air New Zealand Flight 901 remains the deadliest peacetime disaster for the country.

In 1979, the plane crashed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 237 passengers and 20 crew members onboard.

It is thought that it was caused by a whiteout, meaning when it can be hard to distinguish orientation thanks to white snow and white clouds.

Whilst pilot error was initially blamed, an investigation concluded that a co-ordinates error caused the reroute into the mountain.

Plane crash solved? Deadly Air New Zealand disaster linked to Antarctica markings
/Science Channel

Plane crash: Do these Antarctica markings show the Air New Zealand accident?

The wreckage of the plane remains on the mountain

The wreckage of the plane remains on the mountain, yet new markings discovered have been linked to the plane crash.

Science Channel’s ‘What on Earth’ reveals mysterious new tracks in the snow.

Initial reactions linked them to the deadly Air New Zealand crash.

Joe Pappalardo, an aviation journalist, told the Science Channel: “It looks like something landed there really quickly and skidded to a halt.

“Maybe something had crashed here.

Plane crash solved? Deadly Air New Zealand disaster linked to Antarctica markingsScience Channel

Plane crash: The markings found near Mount Erebus were thought to be from the flight

 

“When you think about something crashing in that part of the world, you think about the worst air disaster in New Zealand history.”

However, image analyst Mark D’Antonio analysed the trail and realised that it was something else entirely.

From the shadow of the rocks, it wasn’t something being “dragged along” to create the long line of ice.

It wasn’t a depression but instead something rising above it.

Plane crash solved? Deadly Air New Zealand disaster linked to Antarctica markingsScience Channel

Plane crash: it is actually the Erebus Ice Tongue, found by Robert F Scott in 1901

Called an ice tongue, the seven-mile-long wall of ice is created as the ice climbs from the base of the mountain.

Geologist Dr Kelly brunt explained: “Just like an ice cube in a glass, 10 per cent of the ice is above the surface and the other 90 per cent is below the surface.”

This particular ice tongue has been called the Erebus Ice Tongue and was discovered by explorer Robert F Scott’s expedition between 1901 and 1904

It isn’t the only mystery that has been discovered in Antarctica.

Alien enthusiasts believe they have spotted a UFO crash landing site in Antarctica thanks to Google Maps.

News Source

error: Content is protected !!