My .02 cents.
Sounds like a bad day, probably nothing more, nothing less.
The reference to "poor maintenance" doesn't have any basis in reality. I know nothing of El Al mx, but engines unfortunetly do fail, windows do crack, birds hit airplanes and aircraft on occasion *do* return to the airport. These events are extremely undesirable and everything should be done to avoid these situations, but they do happen.
Sometimes when it rains it pours. For example, take a subsystem on any type aircraft that is relatively troublefree most of the time. All of a sudden you might have a rash of problems with this system on several aircraft in a short period of time. To the average airline fan, this might appear an ominous conspiracy worthy of an A.net discussion (which is OK
) but is 99.9% business as usual.
Good safety records have little to do with planes breaking. Good safety statistics indicate the flight crews ability to function in an abnormal situation and a corporate thus maintenance and operational culture of safety. I've not yet worked for an airline, even if bankrupt (CO's lean years) or lacking capital (PEX) that operated unsafely.
You're only as good as your last departure.