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A look back at the Hindenburg disaster


Staff writers
May 6, 2012 — The Weather Network takes a look back at the Hindenburg disaster -- a tragic event that changed commercial aviation forever.


Many blame the Hindenburg disaster on an electrical storm
Many blame the Hindenburg disaster on an electrical storm

On May 6, 1937, the largest hydrogen airship ever built began to prepare for a landing near Lakehurst, New Jersey -- but bad weather rolled in and forced the Hindenburg to remain in the air for several hours.

When it finally began its descent there was a flash of light, and the Hindenburg burst into flames.

Thirty-six people were killed.

Many blame the explosion on the electrical storm that delayed the ship's landing.

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