What Really Caused the Hindenburg Disaster? | Live Science


When the massive Hindenburg airship made its debut, it was heralded as the future of luxury air travel, but after a trans-Atlantic flight on May 6, 1937, the German passenger airship was suddenly engulfed in flames and crashed as it attempted to land at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The disaster killed 35 people and became a symbol of the end of the airship era.

Now, 80 year later, speculation still swirls about what happened on that fateful evening in May, so what is it that brought down the Hindenburg?

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