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05/06/2013 05:34 pm ET Updated May 07, 2013

Hindenburg Video Shows Swastika-Adorned Airship Above NYC, Explosion In NJ (PHOTOS)

The Hindenberg airship exploded over a field in New Jersey 76 years ago today, on May 6, 1937. Dramatic newsreel footage, flagged by the Public Domain Review, offers a close look at the disaster.

35 people died and 62 passengers and crew survived when the 804-foot airship suddenly burst into flames while landing in Lakehurst.

Channel 4 last month claimed to have finally confirmed the cause of the crash. Their team of experts concluded that the Hindenburg's demise was brought on by static electricity.

The Hindenburg completed 30 transatlantic trips after its maiden voyage from Friedrichshafen, Germany, in 1936.

The video also features startling, aerial views of the swastika-adorned zeppelin flying high above the Manhattan skyline, just a few years before Germany and the United States were at war.

[VIA Yahoo News]

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