Hindenburg disaster – the technology is called into question
The zeppelin Hindenburg crashed when landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. 200,000 cubic metres of hydrogen went up in flames. Thanks to the way hydrogen burns, 62 of the 97 passengers were rescued. The disaster was caused by electrical discharge from the clouds while the airship was landing in an electric storm, and what first ignited was not the hydrogen but the airship’s skin.