The Hindenburg Explodes-This Day 1937

On this day in 1937 the Hindenburg exploded while touching down in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The largest airship ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany, the Hindenburg was over 800 feet long. It burst into flames while touching a mooring mast. It had been on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Lakehurst. Thirty-six passengers and crew members died in the accident. The disaster was likely caused by the ignition of the ships volatile hydrogen gas by static electricity. The commercial airship industry never recovered from this accident. The disaster was well recorded, the famous broadcast from Herbert Morrison is one of the most famous broadcasts ever “Oh the humanity.”