Sixty two people survived the Hindenburg Explosion out of 97 passengers. Many survivors jumped out of the windows and ran away as fast as they could.
The apparent cause of the explosive fire was ignition of the hydrogen gas used to make the craft lighter than air. There are conspiracy theories that say the ignition was intentionally caused, while most authorities suspect the ignition was caused by static electricity, or by actual lightning.
Of the 97 people on board the Hindenburg, 35 were killed, as well as one of the ground crew. 13 were passengers and 22 were airship crew.
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.
Because the outside coating of the Hindenburg was treated with the same elements in rocket fuel for aerodynamic support and also it did not explode it burned in several directions. It also was filled with Hydrogen, a highly flamible gas that can burst into flames from just a small static shock. It was supposed to be filled with Helium but the U.S. would not allow Germany to use it.
What caused the Hindenburg disaster was either sabotage,weather, or something hit the famous blimp.
The hydrogen in the airship was ignited by a spark in the skin of the Hindenburg. The spark was the result of the static charge left over from a thunderstorm.
The Hindenburg was the name given to the largest airship, LZ129, operated by Germany for trans-Atlantic flights. It was over 800 feet long and contained enough room for passengers, cargo and crew. It completed over 30 trans-Atlantic passenger flights before crashing at Lakehurst, NJ in May, 1937. It used hydrogen for its lifting gas because the US refused to sell any helium to Nazi Germany.
The aluminum combusted with oxgen forming aluminum oxide...the reaction formula is:
4Al + 3O2---> 2Al2O3
The Hindenburg was filled with Hydrogen, a very flammable gas. It is believed that a spark of some kind came in contact with the fragile thin skin of the blimp and that it caused the Hindenburg to ignite. After the ignition, the blimp's hydrogen was blown up by the spreading fire. So then, the burning remainders fell to the surface below.
No, there was no escape plane on the Nazi propaganda airship known as the Hindenburg.
Even if there was one, the passengers would not have been able to reach it in time. Hydrogen is highly flammable. The moment the first flame, by whatever caused the disaster (we still don't know for sure) touched the hydrogen, it started to burn up quicker than a rag doused in gasoline.
Whether you believe it was a design fault, an accidental spark, a deliberate attack to stop the Nazi propaganda (the Hindenburg was being used by the Nazis to show off air superiority), whether it got caught on the mooring mast which ripped the balloon, static electricity and so on, the Hindenburg burnt up in less than thirty seconds. It would have taken two minutes to board the plane, another two minutes to fire up those old engines and an incredibly good pilot to not hit the ground at such a low docking height.
You can see actual footage of the actual disaster, in which you can also see there is an absence of an escape plane.
Some airships were designed to carry planes, such as biplane class planes or scout planes, and were used for a short time as airborne aircraft carriers.
For example, the USS Akronand the USS Maconwere two such airships used for this.
However, no, the Hindenburg did not have an escape plane on board. Even if it did, it would not have made any difference (aside from adding more fuel to the fire).
There are still 2 survivors living today.
The airship LZ-129 Hindenburg was used for passenger, mail, and freight transportation, mainly between Germany and the United States, with additional flights between Germany and South America. Hindenburg was the fastest way for passengers and mail to cross the Atlantic at the time; the airship crossed the ocean in 2-1/2 days, as compared to the 5 days required by the fastest transatlantic ocean liners.
Although designed for passenger and mail transportation, the Hindenburg was also sometimes used as a propaganda tool by the government of Nazi Germany. For example, one of the ship's first flights was a propaganda flight in support of the March 29, 1936 referendum on the remilitarization of the Rhineland, and the ship made politically-motivated appearances above the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and the 1936 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg.
The cause of the Hindenburg disaster is not known exactly.
By showing that each media type gives the audience a different experience.
97 people, including 36 passengers and 61 crew. (13 passengers and 22 crew members were killed in the disaster.)
Hindenburg also carried mail and freight, and two dogs.
It was filled with hydrogen gas which can burn rapidly and did. The cause of the fire is uncertain. It may have been static electricity or sparks from one of the engines . At the time people suspected sabotage, but that idea has been discounted by investigations.
6th may 1937 7.30pm, lakehurst naval air station, new jersey
Around 7:00 p.m. local time on May 6, at an altitude of 650 ft (200 m), Hindenburg approached Naval Air Station Lakehurst with Captain Max Pruss at the helm. Twenty-five minutes later, the airship caught fire and crashed, completely engulfed in flames, in only 37 seconds. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew died. One member of the ground crew was also killed, making a total of 36 lives lost in the disaster.
alimnum has a low melting point and the powdered paint is highly flameble.
Many died of burns. Others died of smoke inhalation. But the majority of the fatalities were from those who tried in vain to jump from the doomed zeppelin. 37 died that day.
some people think that its was a cigarette, others say it was an electrical problem... the only people that had any hope of knowing all died in the crash
It is doubtful since that was nearly a hundred years ago. Any soldier who was in that war had to have been born no later than 1900.
The Hindenburg disaster took place May 6, 1937. There were survivors and many of their stories remain in videos. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew died.