Monday marks anniversary of Hindenburg explosion

In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth, tail first, in flaming ruins after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File)

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On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg burst into flames as the pilot tried to land at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The disaster took the lives of more than 30 passengers and crew members.

The fire is believed to have started when static electricity sparked from the engine, igniting the hydrogen gas.

The Hindenburg had a perfect safety record for 10 round trips across the Atlantic Ocean.

However, its destruction marked the end of zeppelin travel.

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