May 6th, 2007

Reflection

Random: Survivors Recall Hindenburg's Fiery End

Hindenburg's end is one of those historical disasters that, like Titanic, to my mind, resonates with us because of later prespectives of inevitability and preventability. We see these things, we see the senseless danger of design flaws or mismanagement, and shudder at the size of a loss that didn't need to happen. Other things happen, every day even, that might involve more numbers, but perhaps its the human element in these disasters that make them stick in human memory and imagination the way they do. Today is the 70th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster.

Survivors Recall Hindenburg's Fiery End
May 5, 4:12 PM (ET)

By CHRIS NEWMARKER

LAKEHURST, N.J. (AP) - At 87, Robert Buchanan says he sometimes has trouble remembering what he did 10 minutes ago. But he can recall in vivid detail the day 70 years ago when he watched the luxurious airship Hindenburg erupt into a fireball.

Flames roared across the surface of the mighty German dirigible only 100 or so feet above him, singing his hair as he ran for his life.

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