A 1921 article from THE INDEPENDENT reported on the accident that doomed the dirigible Z-R2 in the skies over the British town of Hull. This British-built R-38 class airship was to be handed-over to the U.S. Navy and had a mixed crew composed of both Yanks and Brits; five of whom survived. Among the dead was Air-Commodore E.M. Maitland (b. 1880):
"The ill-fated dirigible was the mightiest airship ever built, larger than the British R-34, which flew across the Atlantic in 1919... [The Z-R2 measured] 700 feet, just 150 feet longer than the height of the Washington Monument. As fully equipped almost as an ocean liner, she was the TITANIC of the air, and met a TITANIC's fate..."
The the fatality figures of this primary source article contrast greatly with those listed on Wikipedia, however the article lists in some detail additional airship accidents that took place during that same period.
Pieced together from the captain's log as well as various first-hand observations that were called to mind by the 29 surviving crew members, this article presents a blow-by-blow account as to how the U.S. Navy dirigible 'Shenandoah' was overwhelmed by turbulent winds over Eastern Ohio and torn in two.
"As they climbed into the hull, the ship began spinning counterclockwise on its keel, then lifted its nose and shot upward. Girders groaned and wires snapped. Then came a crunching, sickening roar as the girders parted. The ship had broken in two. Another rending crash and the control car plunged earthwards, carrying Lt. Commander Landsdowne and seven other men to their death."