let's not mention the MD11's. They are unstable on landing apparantly, and then there was the Swissair disaster. Or the MD-80's with their problems too (aka Alaska Airlines). And going back in history, the American manufacturers have a much worse record for structure failure, as with the DC-10's and their cargo doors, and the Boeing 737 over Hawaii, and even the United 747 also over Hawaii.
What's my point? Let's be realistic. Any human made machine is only as good as the humans themselves, and we all know, believe it or not, humans aren't perfect! Not the Americans, the Europeans, or anybody else. The A300, as well as any of the American aircraft mentioned above have served humans extremely well, if not always perfectly. Faults are to be expected, especially with something complex such as building a passenger airplane flying at 500 mph at high altitudes.
Also, how do we know that the accident was not totally the fault of something American Airlines did? It is possible that something AA did with regards to maintenance was done wrong. Remember the DC-10 in Chicago??? That was purely a maintenance problem.
So let's not ground the A300's because some whiny saps think they should be grouned. Let's learn from what happened, and see if it does not happen again, to an A300, or the 777, or any other aircraft!
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster