Both rigid and nonrigid airships in operation are so close to infinite structural rigidity (no significant deformation under operating loads; not infinite strength) that there is no difference in reaction to gusts. As to the difference in cross section, what is the point specifically?
I think there is more similarity to smashing the Staten Island ferry into the dock - something that has been done more than once. They are both crashes. Nothing whatever to do with sinking. On 6 May 1956, the battleship USS Wisconsin collided with the destroyer escort USS Eaton. That was a crash. Neither vessel sank. On 1 February 1944, the battleships USS Washington and USS Indiana collided. That was a crash. Neither vessel sank. A car can't quite stop in time and rear-ends another car. There may be only minor bumper damage to each, and certainly neither one sinks, but you better believe it is a crash.