Ok, the bomb can pass (but it happened, blame it on airport authorities if you will), although in the NTSB report I gathered the bomb was planted
by a crazy maniac and claimed the life of an innocent passenger. Correct me if I'm wrong.
But hey, the thrust reverser accident was either the fault of Fokker, Rolls Royce or TAM maintenance, or at best, a combination of the three. The same verdict can be delivered to the Lauda 767 crash over Thailand in 1991. Like the F100, the 767 is
a safe plane, and like TAM, Lauda is
a safe airline, but in both cases, even if they were freak occurrences, either the airline, the engine manufacturer or the aircraft manufacturer--all 3 of which are by and large safe and reputable companies--were at fault. None of them can be fully cleared of blame for the deaths they caused.
The accidents occurred and you cannot whitewash them out of history, especially on the grounds that TAM maintenance were not "warned" about such an eventuality. The engines were built by humans, and the systems to prevent uncommanded reverser deployment were also built by humans, so such a failure (as with any other far-fetched failure) should have been treated as something that always could
The assumption of "never could happen" proved fatal, and in all fairness, TAM should have modified the manual to read "happened once, therefore could happen again". This is all in retrospect, but it goes to say that no airline should assume that reversers cannot deploy at the wrong time.
I'm not saying TAM were negligent. We wouldn't be discussing reversers had the accident never happened. The Lauda Air crash would become increasingly considered a one-in-a-billion chance unfortunate freak occurrence. I'm sure to the day, hundreds of airlines still don't anitcipate the eventuality of an uncommanded reverser deployment. Has there even been one since?
Punto final, JJMNGR, let's accept that there were 5
serious incidents (even IF
one was triggered by a cell-phone), none of which were fair, and none of those who died in them deserved to. END OF