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The Hindenburg Disaster

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On May 6, 1937 the German built Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed while attempting to land at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.

The voyage had begun on May 3 in Germany with 97 people on board. The landing had been delayed by bad weather, but as the storm cleared the Hindenburg prepared to land.

At 2:25 PM the landing lines were dropped and the ship burst into flames and dropped to the ground from 275 feet. In only 37 seconds all that remained was the burning metal structure on the ground. Of the 97 on board 62 people survived, including the ship's captain.

Several theories on what caused the disaster were suggested, including sabotage, the cause was most probably the result of a static discharge igniting the flammable coating used on the outer covering of the ship.

Posted:  2002-11-14  2:30:07 PM

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