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Article posted: 3/31/2013 5:27 PM

Forgotten U.S. airship crash recalled 80 years later

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Wreckage of the naval dirigible USS Akron is brought to the surface off the coast of New Jersey April 23, 1933. The Akron went down in a violent storm, claiming 73 lives -- more than twice as many as the crash of the Hindenburg four years later.


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History buffs will gather this week near the New Jersey coast to commemorate a major airship disaster. No, not the 1937 explosion of the Hindenburg at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station. But just four years earlier, a U.S. Navy airship seemingly jinxed from the start and later celebrated in song crashed only about 40 miles away, claiming more than twice as many lives.
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