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What caused the Hindenburg to explode?
Last Updated: 7th April, 2020
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Simply so, why did the Hindenburg burn so quickly?
The airship was designed to be filled with helium gas but because of U.S. export restriction on helium, it was filled with hydrogen. Hydrogen is extremely flammable, and the official cause of the fire was due to a "discharge of atmospheric electricity" near a gas leak on the ship's surface, according to History.com.
Additionally, what actually happened to the Hindenburg? On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg airship became engulfed in flames and crashed to the ground 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.
Also to know, what was the Hindenburg made of?
The frame was built of duralumin, an aluminum alloy. The Hindenburg was wider than other airships, which made it more stable. Four engines powered the Hindenburg. Sixteen gas cells made from gelatinized cotton kept the Hindenburg aloft.
How many people died on the Hindenburg?
Anyone who has seen the graphic newsreel video of the Hindenburg plunging to earth in flames may be amazed to know that of the 97 passengers and crew on board, 62 survived. The disaster's 36 deaths included 13 passengers, 22 crewmembers and one worker on the ground.