It seems the Erebus disaster of 1979 can never be put to rest. Now Peter Dunne has weighed in to try and tell us 2+2=5.
Nobody likes to speak ill of the dead, and it is not my intention to do so here. But I will state the facts: The crew were confused as to their position, because their computers had been set up with an incorrect flight path. They did not know that, but they were aware that something was wrong. We know this from the black box recording. However, the crew made the mistake of simply scratching their heads and not doing anything about it. They did not double check their position with McMurdo. Furthermore, they continued to fly at an unsafe altitude. Of course, they were trying to give their passengers a good show, but the fact remains that what they did was against both company policy and safe flying. They should have immediately increased altitude while they verified their position. They did not do so, and paid for that decision with their own lives, and the lives of their passengers.
I am sorry for the wives who lost husbands and the children who lost fathers. But they need to accept that the crew made mistakes and played a part in the tragedy. They can’t bring their loved ones back by agitating politicians to lay blame exclusively on the airline, when the judgment of the crew was a part of why the disaster occured.