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The Hindenburg Disaster The Hindenburg disaster was one of worlds most tragic occurrences ever The Hindenburg was a rigid airship built by a firm in Friedrichshafen Germany The Hindenburg was completed and tested in 1936 passengers had already been travelling in airships for 27 years by this point It was the worlds first transatlantic commercial airliner It had a length of 245 metres 804 ft and a maximum diameter of 41 metres 135 ft The Hindenburg was kept in the air by 200 000 cubic meters of hydrogen in 16 hydrogen cells Hydrogen is the first element in the periodic table it is an invisible flammable gas that contains a single proton and one outer electron The airship had four Daimler - Benz diesel engines that enabled the airship to travel at speeds of up to 132 kilometres per hour 82 miles per hour In May 1936 the Hindenburg did its first scheduled air service across the Atlantic between Frankfurt am Main Germany and Lakehurst New Jersey More than 70 passengers were onboard The Hindenburg had a library dining room and an exquisite lounge among other interesting features The Hindenburg was struck with disaster on May 6 1937 The hydrogen used to keep the airship in the air was ignited while it was manoeuvring to land at Lakehurst It had ran into the gantry that it was meant to tie up to when it landed The Hindenburg was completely destroyed by the fire and 35 passengers and crew died in the accident People have said the Hindenburg was sabotaged but none of these claims have ever been sustained by evidence The explosion that destroyed the Hindenburg was caused by the following chemical reaction Airships are now filled with Helium the second lightest gas known to man Helium is not reactive like Hydrogen is
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