In an accident, three Navy sailors hang on a cable from the Zeppelin airship USS Akron. Two fall. One remains safe on cable
San Diego California Date:1932, May 11 Duration:18 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Navy airship, USS Akron (ZRS-4) over Camp Kearny, San Diego, California, attempting to dock for refueling. A hundred sailors hold on to spider lines from rings on cables lowered by the USS Akron. After one ring breaks, all sailors let go except three who are pulled aloft as the airship lurches up from an updraft. One, Robert H. Edsall, falls to his death, followed by Nigel M. Henton, who also suffers the same fate. The third, Charles Cowart, manages to tie himself to the cable and is eventually pulled into the airship, safely.
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