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1921: Victims of the R-38-class Airship Crash

1921: Victims of the R-38-class Airship Crash
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  • Historical event:
  • 23 August 1921
  • Five people survived the R-38-class airship crash. They were located in the airship’s tail when the crash occurred.

The number of victims was even bigger than the number of the Hindenburg airship crash victims.

At the time, the R-38-class airship was the world’s largest airship.

It was over 211 meters long, and had a volume of 77,135 cubic meters. It had six 350-horsepower V12 engines, and could achieve a speed of 114 kilometers per hour.
The R-38-class airship crashed near the city of Kingston upon Hull in East Yorkshire on this day in 1921.

Forty-four people died. In comparison, 36 people died in the Hindenburg disaster.

Five people survived the R-38-class airship crash. They were located in the airship’s tail when the crash occurred.

It is assumed that he R-38- class airship crash occurred due to a construction error.

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