Airplane Crash - Lakehurst, New Jersey 05/06/1937

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Lakehurst, New Jersey


Date05/06/1937
Time19:25
LocationLakehurst, New Jersey
OperatorDeutsche Zeppelin Reederei
Flight #LZ 129
RouteFrankfurt - Lakehurst N.J.
TypeZeppelin LZ-129
RegistrationD-LZ-129
Cn/InD-LZ129
Aboard97
Fatalities35
Ground1
SummaryThe airship Hindenburg caught fire and burned while being moored at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Possible causes were statidischarge which ignited leaking hydrogen or sabotage. It has been theorized that a sudden turn just before landing caused a steel cable to snap which punctured one of the hydrogen airbags. Thereafter, when mooring ropes were dropped to the ground, the cage was discharged setting up a statidischarge between the Hindenburg's outer skin and frame causing the hydrogen to ignite.

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