I saw all this at close hand, you are talking of what you clearly do not know.
(The curse of our age perhaps?)
The joint investigation by French AND
UK authorities was open, detailed, intensive.
Guess what? The shape of the strip exactly matched damage on the tyre, molecular tests confirmed this. Explain that away then, think up something silly to account for it.
This is all in the public domain, why not check it out, instead of thinking up bizarre conspiracies?
(I think the onus should be on conspiracy nuts to do all the explaining, not the other away around).
Can you really give one sane, informed, reason why a cover would happen, just hate the French perhaps?
Well the UK authorities were fully involved too, as was industry on both sides of the channel, as BA
was, including colleagues of mine, the FAA were also in the loop.
We knew it was the strip by Sept 2000, we also knew that it's inappropriate fabrication of titanium, not aluminum, was a very important factor, (a much harder material).
Leading to a type of type destruction (not burst), with much larger, heavier lumps of carcass, (the lethal one was 5 ft long), that had not been seen in over 40 years of military and civil jet aviation, this was researched and checked.
That rub strip had to be aluminum, as it was a part far more likely to come off than usual, due to it's role and position (part of the thrust reverser).
Also, I know of 2 727's lost to tyre bursts, a DC-8-60, a very near loss of a PA DC-10 in 1980, at LHR
Plenty of threads on this here, some fairly recent, go search.
I've had enough of this most ill-informed, partisan, discussed subject on here, I saw enough of it in 2000-2001, every working day.