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May 6, 2015

Today in 1937, The German zeppelin Hindenberg caught fire and was destroyed while attempting to land at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Although not the first airship accident, this disaster marked the beginning of the end of passenger-carrying lighter-than-air craft due to its extensive coverage on radio and in newsreels. Of the 97 people onboard the Hindenburg that day in 1937, 13 passengers and 22 crew died. One member of the ground crew, a US Navy sailor, also died. Most people who died did so as a result of jumping from the ship, not from the fire itself. In fact, most of the people who stayed aboard the craft lived. Read more

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