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1937 “OH, THE HUMANITY!”

It took less than a minute for the giant German airship Hindenburgto be engulfed in flames – before crashing to the ground in a heap of blazing, broken girders.

At the end of a transatlantic journey, the Hindenburg was struggling to dock in New Jersey when its highly flammable hydrogen ignited. Chaos ensued as passengers leapt from the 245-metre-long airship and ground crew rushed forward to drag them to safety. Miraculously, most of the 97 people on board survived.

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