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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Hindenburg's Fatal Flaws

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he Hindenburg catching fire on May 6, 1937 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in N.J.

Thursday, Oct, 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand now with KPBS Passport!

In 1937, the Hindenburg airship exploded into flames upon landing and 36 people were killed in the horrifying crash, shocking the world and sealing the fate of airship travel forever. For decades, the exact cause of the Hindenburg’s crash has remained a mystery. Now, recently discovered letters, maintenance reports and company memos reveal the unfortunate errors that led to the disaster. More than 80 years later, experts suspect that, had critical construction flaws been fixed at the time, the airship might not have exploded. Explore the new evidence on "Hindenburg's Fatal Flaws."

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Uncover the truth behind the first circumnavigation of the earth, the untold stories of prehistoric women, the origins of the stones of Stonehenge, the mystery of the fatal Hindenburg airship crash, an historic expedition led by a samurai and Franciscan monk and more. SECRETS OF THE DEAD dives into new discoveries around these topics and more in Season 19 on PBS!

Recently Discovered Letter Anticipates Hindenburg Problems

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SECRETS OF THE DEAD is a production of The WNET Group. Stephanie Carter is executive producer. Stephen Segaller is executive in charge.