Hindenburg disaster at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Explosion of the dirigible Hindenburg, the largest rigid airship ever constructed. Launched in 1936 in Germany, it started the first commercial air service across the N. Atlantic and made 10 successful round trips. On May 6, 1937, as it was landing in Lakehurst, N.J., its hydrogen gas burst into flames, destroying the airship and killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard. The disaster, recorded on film and tape, effectively ended the use of rigid airships in commercial transportation.