The Hindenburg Disaster - 1937
The film shows the German passenger airship, The Hindenburg, approaching the landing ground at Lakehurst, New Jersey; firstly the aircraft drops water ballast followed by the landing lines. Pathé cameraman William Deeke was on the ground and had his camera focused on the airship when the blast went off, however due to the force of the explosion, his camera actually malfunctioned for a few seconds and so the footage re-commences when the tail of the zeppelin was well alight and on the ground. 35 out of the 97 people on board died. One died on the ground.