RebelDJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 105 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4040 times:
Quoting CuriousFlyer (Reply 4): Airbus was sued because a bloke missed a step in a museum? They give away or lend a unique aircraft to a museum and get sued?
I think you should understand the context of this "museum", because it is situated within the Airbus site at Filton, Bristol. The aircraft is parked on a purpose made hard standing between the (active) runway and the "Brabazon" Hanger where all UK Concordes were built (see http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl...8&spn=0.009667,0.019226&t=h&z=16).
The aircraft may be formally in the museum, but if you were to visit it (there is only one exhibit), you would believe you were visiting Airbus.
They didn't get sued - all credit to the family - they were fined under health and safety legislation. They had failed in thier duty of care, they were found guilty in a court and they were punished.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12735 posts, RR: 79 Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
Certainly they had fixed this by the time I was there in April 2007.
I was shocked when this happened, we used to have loads of visitors, when such things were allowed, in the BA hangars where they were maintained.
Never had, thankfully, anything like this.
Then again, they got proper safety briefs, were escorted, perhaps because it was an actual work environment rather than a public museum people were more wary anyway.
(Not that I'm implying anything about the deceased. What's emerged is that serious concerns about safety were not taken up, until too late).
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9242 posts, RR: 42 Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
Without wishing to belittle the case in point, I wonder how many people banged their heads on boarding while it was in service? In spite of reading beforehand about how common it was, I managed it! D'oh!