Monday, October 19, 2009

ONE THING LEADS TO….The Hindenburg Disaster??

After the hoopla over the balloon boy incident, a friend of mine and I were talking about the Seinfeld episode when Newman said “The humanity…!” which led to our conversation about the Hindenburg Disaster and the reporter saying “The humanity…!” and wouldn’t ya know it?? Cable channel Encore had the “Hindenburg” movie on last Saturday with George C. Scott and a cast of…..well, a lot of people that were famous then….

Here’s the Wikipedia article about the doomed flight. I was under the impression that most of the passengers died but after watching the movie and reading this article, most of the passengers got out of that fiery deathtrap very quickly…amazing!!

The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday 6 May 1937 as the LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed within one minute while attempting to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located adjacent to the borough of Lakehurst in Manchester Township, New Jersey. Of the 97 people on board, 35 people died in addition to one fatality on the ground. The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison's recorded radio eyewitness report from the landing field, which was broadcast the next day. The actual cause of the fire remains unknown, although a variety of theories have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire.

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