Morrison and engineer Charlie Nielsen had been assigned by station WLS in Chicago to cover the arrival of the airship in New Jersey as an experiment in recording news for delayed broadcast…
The disaster, which occurred just before 7:30 p.m. on May 6, 1937, was caught in newsreel coverage, radio broadcasts and photographs. Thirty-six people, including Mr. Doehner’s father and sister, were killed.
“My dad was secretive about the disaster and didn’t like to talk about it,” Bernie Doehner said on Saturday. “He was a really private person.”
Citing the ecological fragility of the area, Italy’s Ministry for Environment, land and Sea rejected a plan that would have dramatically increased the size of Rome’s main airport.