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A fresh look at the explosion reveals what led to the disaster in “Hindenburg’s Fatal Flaws” on Secrets of the Dead – Nov. 10 at 10 pm


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Secrets of the Dead: Hindenburg’s Fatal Flaws

Premieres Wednesday, November 10 at 10 p.m. on PBS 

 

The Hindenburg frame under construction.
The Hindenburg under construction.

In 1937, the Hindenburg airship exploded into flames upon landing and 36 people were killed in the horrifying crash, shocking the world and sealing the fate of airship travel forever. For decades, the exact cause of the Hindenburg’s crash has remained a mystery. Now, recently discovered letters, maintenance reports and company memos reveal the unfortunate errors that led to the disaster. More than 80 years later, experts suspect that, had critical construction flaws been fixed at the time, the airship might not have exploded.