The dirigible Hindenburg
caught fire at Lakehurst, New Jersey
, May 6, 1937
. Only 36 people died, but the power of publicity
shined bright... the Hindenburg
disaster was spectacularly photograph
ed and emotional
ly reported. ("oh, the humanity...
!") You may never have heard of the similar crash of the Akron
, which killed 73, but you've certainly heard of the Hindenburg
. As it was landing at about 7:20pm, the world's largest and most fashionable lighter-than-air
craft burst into flames near its mooring mast. Sabotage
was (and by some still is) suspected, the more likely cause was flamable doping.
(this is one of the New Jersey disasters)