Hindenburg disaster


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, which is located adjacent to the borough of Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. Of the 97 people on board (36 passengers and 61 crewmen), there were 35 fatalities (13 passengers and 22 crewmen). One worker on the ground was also killed, making a total of 36 dead.

The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison's recorded radio eyewitness reports from the landing field, which were broadcast the next day.<ref>WLS Broadcast Of the Hindenburg Disaster 1937. Chicagoland Radio and Media Retrieved 7 May 2015</ref> A variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the end of the airship era.<ref>Craats 2009, p. 36.</ref>

Hindenburg disaster sections
Intro  Flight  Cause of ignition  Fire's initial fuel  Other controversial hypotheses  Rate of flame propagation  Memorial  References in media and popular culture  See also  References  References  Further reading  External links