Really guys. No, not due to lack of maintenance & that's a ridiculous statement for the media to make with no information (not a direct dig at you Jerusalem). Also, splitting the hull for mid life refit as has been mentioned around the place is normal procedure, hell *we* do it. Also, I'd question some people's involvement in certain aspects as usual.
Me? Ex O-Boat Submariner (Ovens), maintenance design engineer (ADO, specifically aerospace) & current training contractor to COLSPO (WA).
People who take 12 (yes...12!) kids (8-14 yo's I'm guessing) to Gold Class and don't make any attempt to shut the little fuckers up or stop them from ruining the experience of other people who want to watch a movie...not sit in a room with a bunch of feral little cunts.
And who pays for these little parasites to sit in Gold Class for a movie they don't give two fucks about anyway?!
Top it off with the fact they were all boys, it was Wonder Woman and they followed us out to the car park afterwards complaining that there were too many women and the adult with them agreed and said they could "get rid of all the talking at the start, get rid of the women and just show the fighting because it's a superhero movie".
It happens, the backup BOGS did its job & note they're grounded until a rectification is in place. Similar thing happened to the Raptor but unlikely to be the same cause. No biggie, just (yet) another developmental hiccup.
I am well aware it happens; that does not alter my stance.
'It' IS worth hanging into: 'it' was put aside for good reason in the first place.
As seehund pointed out there are many airports within close proximity to buildings. There were buildings on the site BEFORE it was sold by the government.
IMO the question is, did the Government sell the land against expert advice, or is this just the consequence of our inability to build perfect machines?
Even with a "perfect machine" the consequences of failure will still occur; be it a failure of the platform, the meat in the platform, procedures, inability to forecast a change outside the natural operating environment of the area the platform operates in, etc.
The bottom line is that you can't plan for everything and bad things will happen regardless.
The fact that it's been so long without a fatal incident like this is a testament to organisation, maintenance and adherence to procedure.
This is an outlier - a sad one but an outlier nonetheless and there's very little that can be done to mitigate future occurences apart from identify and address the root cause which is yet to be determined.
Ha...hoverhand, I'd never thought of it that way. She was on the boat for a week, an absolute gem to have on board, *wanted* to get to know everyone, took time to talk, sit & chill with people. The sort of person that just makes you feel good, at ease & is completely natural.