UPDATE: Hindenburg Cause Solved
Lakehurst tragedy blamed on static electricity
The mystery of the Hindenburg disaster in Lakehurst has been solved 76 years after the in-flight exposition occurred, according to news reports.
The cause of the May 6, 1937, incident that killed 35 of the 100 passengers and crew members on board was static electricity, says a team of experts who have been looking into the real trigger, according to news reports.
They say that after the ship flew into a thunderstorm a build up of hydrogen led to the explosion, according to news reports.
A May 2012 Star-Ledger story said that static electricity was one of the leading theories to explain the explosion:
"Three-quarters of a century later, an exact cause for the disaster still isn’t known, though theories abound. Everything from the common hypothesis that a "static spark" ignited volatile hydrogen gas that had leaked, to the theory — put out in a 1975 disaster genre flick starring George C. Scott and Anne Bancroft — that a rigger sabotaged the airship to blow up what was becoming a powerful Nazi propaganda symbol, complete with swastikas on its tail fins, according to NJ.com
A documentary will air in England on Thursday in which the team of experts outlines the series of events that led to the explosion, The Independent reported, according to NJ.com.