Hindenburg mystery solved? That is the claim from a report seeking to give answers to the mystery of why the Hindenburg exploded 76 years ago. According to a report from late Sunday (March 3), the in-flight explosion has been attributed to static electricity. Many rumors, including sabotage, had been linked to the disaster previously, but now there may be one answer.
35 passengers and crew members were killed when the Hindenburg exploded before landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey back on May 6, 1937. The intense explosion and crash of the Luftschiff Zeppelin was shrouded in mystery for years as investigators were unable to attribute the tragedy to one specific cause.
There could still be debate about whether the Hindenburg mystery is really solved, especially from those historians that believe sabotage played a role in its destruction. That is certainly the route that several movies have taken to explain what took place on that fateful flight and there had never been any evidence to really refute those claims.
This new report states that an electrical storm could have charged the airship with a lot of static and that hydrogen could have leaked into ventilation shafts through either a broken wire or sticking gas valve. The spark itself could then have been caused by the ground crew members running to take hold of the landing ropes as it was coming in to land.
Using models, a group may have finally solved the Hindenburg mystery through the use of science. This could end a debate that has been raging for years about what happened on that tragic day in 1937.
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