I think both AA
, the pilots, and Airbus are at fault in some way. And while we're at it, isn't ATC supposed to keep planes more separated?
It's not like premeditated murder, where there is obviously an intent to commit a crime, and a plan. In an air crash, none of the parties intended to do wrong, so blaming someone is a bit iffy at best if it is not 100% clear that they were suicidal or terribly trained or having a heart attack.
It's easy for us to sit here in front of a computer, analyzing data for hours (years in the case of the NTSB) and say: "It's the fault of this and that." I saw an interview with an NTSB guy about the Aeroperu 757. He said he had had 18 months to figure out what the pilots should have done, and then fproceeded to point out that the pilots had minutes at most, and incomplete information.
The poor F/O had to make a split second decision, and probably just did something instinctively. Can we really blame him if the fecal matter hit the rotary air impeller? I don't think so.
We have to look forward instead, and give the next F/O the knowledge and tools to get out of the situation.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - John Ringo