Originally posted by sh76
Yes, I guess.
I was in fiesty mood this morning over the Helen Thomas thing. Maybe I overreacted.
I still think it's funny that the French court assigned essentially all the blame to some mechanic, though.
Aren't airplanes and pilots supposed to be able to handle a little runway debris without blowing up?
Yeah, sorry if I went a bit over the top, too.
I was just annoyed by the US vs Euro thing (which many on both sides fuel).
I don't know. I agree that it sounds suspect, but the constructor company also had to pay damages (30% of it). I'm not sure how often that happens in plane crashes. I think court decisions like this tend to be given a hefty amount of spin by the media in the direction they want. If this decision is only coming out now, one can imagine the amount of information we're missing here.
I don't know if pilots could even see such small debris to handle it. The BBC says the decision was mostly because the parts the mechanic use were titanium which are known to be dangerous for plane tyres. So it seems it's not about size, but punch. Continental is appealing, so I'm guessing a few more years until we get a final decision.