Lakehurst, NJ HINDENBERG Disaster, May 1937
"I was in one of the engine gondolas," he said. "There was no indication that anything was wrong."
"We stopped the engine. Suddenly there was a flash of flame."
"Our gondola was ripped from the ship. When it het the ground I picked myself up and ran as fast as I could."
Another survivor, HERBERT O'LAUGHLIN, of Lake Forest, Ill., was in a Newark, N. J., hospital. He had been in his cabin, preparing to disembark, when he felt the HINDENBURG away dizzily.
"It's all like a nightmare," he said. "A light lit up the whole ship. Fire seemed to break out all about the ground."
FLAME PRECEDES BLAST.
Lakehurst, N. J. -- "We had just been given the order to 'slack off' the port lead rope as the big dirigible HINDENBURG settled gently down to earth," EDWARD GILES, member of the HINDENBURG ground crew, said today. "I saw flame on the top of the big ship and an instant later there was an explosion."
"Before I had time to run, the HINDENBURG lay smashed and flaming on the ground."
"The shrieks from within the wreckage rose above the roar of burning fabric -- it burned like a paper balloon."
"It seemed that there was nothing we could do. We were helpless against the flames that seared our faces. Some of the passengers jumped from the cabin windows after the first explosion."
"Others were blown through the sides of the ship. I saw a man emerge from the wreckage, every bit of clothing torn from his body. Shreds of flesh hung from his face."
"He walked 10 or 20 feet, so numbed and dazed he seemed not to feel the red hot debris through which he staggered."
"He staggered into the arms of a man only a few feet ahead of me."
Olean Times Herald New York 1937-05-07
PRY INTO DISASTER MYSTERIES.
TRAGEDY TOLL HAS REACHED THIRTY-FIVE.
FEDERAL INQUIRY BOARD SPEEDS INVESTIGATION WITH AID OF AIR COMMERCE BUREAU, ARMY AND NAVY EXPERTS, GERMAN REPRESENTATIVES AND TECHNICIANS.
Lakehurst, N. J. -- The thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth victims of the HINDENBURG disaster died today while a federal board of inquiry pried into its mysteries, promising a thorough investigation of all possible causes including suggestions of sabotage.
WILLIAM SPECK, the HINDENBURG'S chief radio operator died in a New York hospital today. Soon afterward, ERICK KNOECHER of Zeunezerda, Germany, a passenger, died in another hospital. They followed by twelve hours the death of Captain ERNST LEHMANN, heir apparent to the dirigible farm of DR. HUGO ECKENER. The new deaths speeded the federal investigation in which the Bureau of Air Commerce enlisted the aid of naval and army experts, congressional technicians, New Jersey officials, and a representative of the German Ambassador.
A second inquiry will be undertaken, by a German government commission headed by DR. ECKENER, chief of the Zeppelin Works, which sails for the United States today aboard the liner Europa.