Much has changed over the 50 years since this crash, but the cultural factors behind it remain unfortunately relevant. By the standards of the time, 1968 had been an average year for airline safety. As of the morning of 31 December, 1363 people had been killed in 64 airliner accidents. None of these had been in Australia, but this was about to end. The numbers would be 1389 killed in 65 airline accidents by New Year.
Collected and summarized from the source below by Quynh Hoa https://www.flightsafetyaustralia.com/2019/01/the-last-day/