The day of the Hindenburg disaster – level 2


The Hindenburg was an airship. She was built in 1936 in Germany. She transported people between Europe and America. The airship was almost 250 meters long, and she was the largest flying machine in the world.

The first flight of the Hindenburg was across the Atlantic to Brazil and she successfully returned. In 1936, she flew to America 17 times. Everything was without problems.

On May 3, 1937, the Hindenburg went on her first spring journey from Germany to the United States. There were 97 people on board. There was a strong wind and the airship was 12 hours delayed, but everything else was OK.

On May 6, 1937, the airship began her landing. During the landing, a fire appeared and the airship crashed. The whole disaster happened very fast, but 62 people managed to survive the crash.

After the disaster, traveling by big airships was stopped.

Difficult words: airship (a big flying machine which is filled with gas), appear (to start to be seen), crash (to have an accident when you hit something very hard).

What caused the Hindenburg to crash?


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