The day of the Hindenburg disaster – level 1

06-05-1937

The Hindenburg is an airship. She is from Germany. People travel with her from Europe to America. The airship is 248 meters long. She is very big.

In 1936, she makes 17 journeys to America. Everything is without problems.

On May 3, 1937, the airship goes from Germany to the United States. There are 97 people onboard. There is a strong wind. The airship is 12 hours late. There are no other problems.

On May 6, 1937, the airship is at the end of her journey in America. The ship is near the ground. At one moment, people see a big fire on the airship. The airship is destroyed, but 62 people survive the fire.

After the fire, traveling by big airships stops.

Difficult words: airship (a big machine which can fly), journey (a way), onboard (on an airship), destroyed (fully broken).

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