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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government’s handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country’s worst peacetime disaster.

On Nov. 28, 1979, Air New Zealand Flight 901 was on a sightseeing tour from Auckland when it crashed into the side of Mount Erebus, a 3,794-meter (12,448-foot) volcano near the U.S. Antarctic research base of McMurdo Station.

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