"It's bursting into flames! Oh, for humanity!"
Reporter Herb Morrison of WLS Radio in Chicago was testing new mobile recording equipment as he covered what he expected to be just a routine landing of a Dirigible after a trans-Atlantic crossing. But on Thursday, May 6, 1937 the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed in just a few seconds during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Of the 97 people on board (36 passengers, 61 crew), there were 35 fatalities, including one death among the ground crew. Morrison flew the recording disk overnight to Chicago and it was broadcast nationally the next day on NBC and sounded as if it were a live event because that is the way Morrison recorded it because he forgot he was not live and only testing the new equipment. The panic in his voice made it one of the most dramatic radio news sounds of the era.