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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 841
Last updated: 12 October 2020
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Type:Zeppelin LZ.18
Registration: L.2
C/n / msn: LZ18
Fatalities:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Airfield Berlin-Johannisthal -   Germany
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Berlin-Johannisthal, Germany
Destination airport:Berlin-Johannisthal, Germany
During the initial climb of a testflight flames erupted from the front engine bay and ignited the envelope. The airship crashed in flames killing all 28 crew members.
It is believed that insufficient ventilation and the lack of vent trunks led to an accumulation of diffused hydrogen within the newly designed hull structure, where it was taken in and ignited by the forward engine car.


Revision history:

23-Jan-2008 05:00 ASN archive Added
22-Jan-2020 13:29 Air Command Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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