“He Was Larger Than Life”

Craig Glass

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June 14, 2011

The Hindenburg Explodes in New Jersey

One of the greatest broadcast disasters in history was the explosion of the German zeppelin Hindenburg while landing in a field in New Jersey in May, 1937. It’s the incident that caused a radio announcer witnessing the crash to exclaim, “Oh, the humanity!”

Just yesterday a Goodyear blimp exploded…in Germany. You can see photos here: Blimp crash. Knowing a fire had broken out on board, the Australian pilot, Michael Nerandzic, 53, guided the blimp to within feet of the ground allowing passengers to safely jump to the ground.

With 18,000 hours of flight time, Nerandzic knew exactly what would happen next. The loss of passenger weight caused the blimp to rise to 150 feet where the fire spread and the blimp exploded, killing the pilot.

Nerandzic’ wife, Lyndy, told reporters: “When they told me what he had done for the passengers, it didn’t surprise me one little bit. He was a character. He was larger than life. He was so, so generous.”

When a woman can say that about her man, you’ve found a hero. The world needs more of them. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

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