The poor ZR-1 Shenandoah. On its 57th flight, the airship crashed in Ohio after a storm tore it in several pieces. Here, we provided a graphic representation of how mighty airships go down. Rising currents of hot air produce a rough path, causing turbulence. A thundercloud forms, and the conflicting currents whip the airship about until it caves in to the pressure. Although you'd think to blame lightning for bringing down airships, the current actually passes harmlessly through the aluminum frame to the ground.
Read the full story in "Why a Thunderstorm Can Break an Airship"