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Message to King George V of Great Britain on the Crash of the Dirigible R-101.

October 06, 1930

I AM profoundly shocked and distressed by the tragic accident to the R-101 and its dreadful toll of lives. May I express to Your Majesty, to the relatives of those who were lost, and to the people of Great Britain, the deep sympathy and grief of Mrs. Hoover and myself.

HERBERT HOOVER

[His Majesty George V, King of Great Britain, London]

Note: On October 4, 1930, the British Dirigible R-101, holder of the world's speed record for airships, crashed and burned near Beauvais, France. Forty-six passengers and crew members perished in the disaster.

Herbert Hoover, Message to King George V of Great Britain on the Crash of the Dirigible R-101. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/211889

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