The Hindenburg disaster is often compared with the sinking of the Titanic, and there is a common misconception that the Hindenburg crash was more deadly. In fact, the opposite is true.
Only 32% of those on the Titanic’s maiden voyage survived the sinking. For certain groups of people, such as Third Class passengers and crew, the survival rate was even lower, and Second and Third Class men fared even worse; only 10% of Second Class men (15 of 157) and 14% of Third Class men (69 of 476) survived the sinking.
In contrast, the majority of passengers and crew on the Hindenburg’s last flight survived the disaster (which was not caused by the flammability of the Hindenburg’s covering, which is another misconception).
Survival Rate on Hindenburg
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Survival Rate on Titanic
Figures for the Titanic tragedy differ among various sources, but the numbers presented by the United States Senate Inquiry are generally representative:
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A comparison of the two disasters reflects poorly on the officers of Titanic.
The Hindenburg disaster lasted about half a minute and survival was largely a matter of chance.
R.M.S. Titanic, on the other hand, took almost two and a half hours to sink and the ship remained level for much of that time. If Titanic’s officers had acted with more competence and professionalism, there could have been an orderly evacuation, but instead many lifeboats were less than half full when launched and “women and children first” was interpreted by at least one officer as “woman and children only.” Given the shortage of lifeboats carried by Titanic, tragedy on a large scale was unavoidable, but an orderly evacuation — taking full advantage of the lifeboats’ capacity to hold 1,178 persons — would have saved almost 500 additional lives.
Titanic and Hindenburg: Similarities and Differences
People often compare Titanic and Hindenburg, but the two passenger ships had little in common. Read more about their similarities and differences.
I was 9 yrs.old when the Hindenberg flew over me while I was waiting for some friends to join me to play baseball on a field close to the Phila. Museum of Art. I didn’t see it until I heard its “putt putt” motors right over me. It was huge.… Read more »
It is so strange that the notion that hydrogen airships, and airships in general are very unsafe has stayed until the 21st century! I think that if a plane crashed when they were first being made people would think they were unsafe (Which they were back then) but eventually they… Read more »
Dan: I just came upon an article that there is a call to consider the priest on board the Titanic, Father Thomas Byles for sainthood. I would have posted under the blog article on Ken Marschall’s Titanic and Hindenburg paintings; however, that article is dated from November 2013. Father Byles… Read more »
Also, both The Titanic and Hindenburg disasters preceded a world war by a few short years. World Wars I and II respectively.
After the Titanic disaster they didn’t stop building oceanliners. So why after the Hindenburg did they cancel airship travel? People don’t stop flying after an airplane crash. I’d love to see a return of the zeppelin. With much more advanced technology it should be safer. Fill it with hydrogen, I’d… Read more »
I’d do it with helium instead
What Jackson said. 🙂
helium is also highly flamable
No, Helium is inert. It is the ultimate Noble Gas. Helium has two electrons in its outer shell and they are perfectly happy with each other; they don’t look for other friends.
Or you could just use a plane 🙃
Perhaps the most familiar use of helium is as a safe, non-flammable gas to fill party and parade balloons. However, helium is a critical component in many fields, including scientific research, medical technology, high-tech manufacturing, space exploration, and national defense. I got this from google
The hindenburg was filled with hydrogen and thats why it caught on fire
No it didn’t. The Hindenburg burst into flames when a spark jumped from the outer skin to the metal build, igniting leaking Hydrogen from a gas cell that was ripped when a bracing wire snapped due to the captain’s sharp turns during landing.
The ship did not make “sharp” turns during landing, and the turns made during landing occurred long after the tail-heaviness had already been noticed.
With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic â€¦my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims and the survivorsâ€¦.may they all rest in peace…….sorry i mispelled peace…..
Also you’re being very unfair. Titanic has 2,200 while the Hindenberg had about 200. So numbers are a bit skewed. Also it is true it took the ship 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink. However We have to take out about 40 minutes to find out what was going… Read more »
Hindenburg had 92
The Hindenburg had 97 people aboard. All percentages are out of 100, so the numbers are totally okay.
In fairness to the officers, many passengers very foolishly refused to get into the lifeboats.
interesting facts thanks
What does it mean when it says “In fact, the opposite is true.”
Also, what was the loss of property in the disaster? because i could not find it.
It means the people who think the Hindenburg was more deadly than the Titanic are wrong. The survival rate on the Titanic was only 32%, where as the survival rate of the Hindenburg was 64%.