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.
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