Here’s my take for what it’s worth…
Unless we are witness to an unfortunate accident, reports we receive will always be “rumor”, he said, she said and so on.
If anything, this particular accident does give us the sober reminder, that eyes need to be OUTSIDE the cockpit, and head on a swivel, so we do get something out of this. All the experience in the world does not take away the importance of seeing and avoiding…
Even if the facts turn out entirely different, if an accident like this reminds of something safe, it served it’s purpose.
Yes, we get the mundane warning all the time, but until something happens like this, we tend to put the mundane warnings on the back burner and lolly gag along without a care in the world.
As we already know, the highways and byways we mortals drive on a day to day basis have more wrecks on a day to day basis and more people die and we tend to say, oh well, it’s a hazard of driving.
Get one plane to drop out of the sky or in this case two bump into each other, and you have sensationalism and a story to tell.
So, in a nutshell, whatever happens, if we get something out of somebody else’s mishaps, whether it be a reminder or learn something, then their experience is not wasted.
In this case, you are so right, the facts are not out there to really establish the cause of the accident, but unfortunately history does repeat itself.
Happy Memorial Day for those folks that do celebrate it, and thanks to all that have paid the ultimate price that allows us to be here (don’t want to lose the purpose of the holiday!) to banter back and forth.
Be safe this weekend whether it be by air or ground.