Helgoland Island air disaster
|Date||September 9, 1913|
|Site||North Sea, off Heligoland|
|Aircraft name||LZ14 (manufacturer's designation)|
|Operator||Imperial German Navy|
|Registration||L 1 (military designation)|
The Helgoland Island air disaster occurred on 9 September 1913 after the airship Zeppelin LZ 14 had been transferred to the Imperial German Navy on 7 October 1912. As the first airship owned by the Navy, it was given the serial number L-1. With 20 people on board, L-1 flew into a strong storm, crashing 32 km; 17 nmi (20 mi) north of Heligoland into the North Sea, breaking in two. The control car sank, drowning 14 of its occupants.
- German Airship Lost with 15 Men (New York Times).
- Airship Loss Fails to Daunt Germans (New York Times).