The Hindenburg Disaster Analysis

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As referenced in Schudel (2014), radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison uttered these famous lines, “It’s a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It’s smoke, and it’s in flames now; and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity!” The Hindenburg incident is regarded as the first broadcasted American tragedy as it happened (Colimore, 2012). This essay will detail the events of what transpired on the day of the crash by survivors through Colimore (2012) and Schudel (2014). It will also discuss a recently proposed theory behind what may have caused the airship’s destruction concluded by Dowling (2013). Discussion Schudel (2014) details the Hindenburg, an 800-foot-long and 135-feet-high zeppelin kept in the air by hydrogen gas; renowned as the pride of Adolf Hitler, and an influential propaganda tool for the Nazi regime. A mere two months before the crash, the dirigible was spotted by spectators at the Olympics in Berlin. Schudel (2014) described it as a brilliant silver ship with Nazi swastikas emblazoned on the end of the Hindenburg in red, black, and white. On May 6, 1937 as the aircraft approached the dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Ocean County everything seemed to be routine. Then as the aircraft began to land the ship began to catch fire, and within seconds the entire aircraft was a smoldered metal skeleton. Thirteen of the thirty-six passengers aboard had died, and twenty-two of the sixty-one crew members also passed

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