Antarctic Crash - "for want of a nail"



FOR WANT of a nail the Kingdom was lost. More recently, it could well be that for want of a topographical chart a DC-10 was lost. The conclusion of the chief inspector of air accidents, Mr Ron Chippindale, as to the probable cause of the crash of NZP pointed to pilot error in deciding to "continue the flight at low level towards an area of poor surface and horizon definition when the crew were not certain of their position" and "subsequent inability to detect the rising terrain which intercepted the aircraft's flight path."

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