75th anniversary of Hindenburg crash

by NPHM | May 7th, 2012

May 7, 2012

“There’s not a lot of people left who saw it, let alone who flew on it,” said a member of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, on the 75th anniversary of the Hindenburg tragedy.

Almost 200 aviation enthusiasts and surviving witnesses, along with 350 members of the public who were allowed rare access to the naval base, gathered together on Saturday to remember the Hindenburg disaster, according to the Daily Record. The hydrogen-fueled aircraft crashed and burned 75 years ago at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937.

Of the 97 people on board, the crash killed 36 crew members and passengers. The Hindenburg disaster ended a brief period of civilian lighter-than-air travel across the Atlantic.

Experts say the accident was “almost an eventual certainty” even though the Germans were safety conscious, and a fire erupted as the Hindenburg approached its landing. There are still debates on how the fire occurred.

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