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