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Memorial events, minute of silence today will mark 40 years since Erebus air disaster

Today marks 40 years since the Erebus air crash happened.

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On November 28, 1979, an Air New Zealand plane crashed into the side of Mount Erebus in Antarctica. Source: Breakfast

There were 257 people who died when an Air New Zealand plane crashed into Mount Erebus in 1979.

At 1.00pm, a public memorial event will be held at the Erebus Crew Memorial Garden at Auckland Airport, where there will be a release of butterflies.

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A private event will be held later at Wellington's Government House with family, the Prime Minister and the Governor General in attendance.

There will be a minute's silence marked at 1.49pm, which is the time of impact, at both ceremonies here in New Zealand.