Air NZ honours those killed in A320 crash on Perpignan coast, 10 years on

As Air New Zealand marks the 39th anniversary of its worst disaster - the loss of 257 lives after a sightseeing flight to Antarctica crashed into the slopes of Mt Erebus - the airline is also paying repects to those who died in another Air NZ incident, 29 years later, to the day.

Air NZ honours those killed in A320 crash on Perpignan coast, 10 years on

On November 28, 2008, an Air NZ A320 that had been leased to XL Airways in Germany was in the process of being returned to New Zealand. In what's known as an "acceptance flight", the aircraft crashed in to the sea at high speed.

Onboard were pilots and engineers from both Air NZ and XL Airways. All seven people onboard were killed.

On Tuesday night, a small group of family and friends of those whose lives were lost attended memorial activities in Perpignan, accompanied by Air NZ representatives. 

air nz memorial in france
Memorial located in France. Photo credit: Air New Zealand

Floral tributes were laid at the foreshore, where a memorial plaque commemorating the tragedy is located.

Air NZ French and German Flags at memorial
The flags of Germany, France and New Zealand. Photo credit: Air New Zealand

Family members were then taken by boat the area where the aircraft was lost.

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