German Zeppelin Hindenburg (D-LZ129) in flight over Manhattan Island, New York City. Swastika visible on tail of airship as it flies over Manhattan skyscrapers. Hindenburg Captain Ernst Lehmann and officers seen on bridge. Captain Lehmann speaking on radiophone. Hindenburg releases water ballast and descends to dock. She drops landing lines. Suddenly the Hindenburg crashes and in engulfed in flames. Rescuers run to the burning ship. Heavy dense smoke rises. Firefighters pour water on the burning wreck. Navy officers and ground crews surround the wreck in efforts to help survivors. Commentator calls this the worst disaster in aviation history.
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