Well I finished the book before Christmas. It was hard to put down.
I believe you have given sound logic and reasonable facts, that your explanation makes sense. I also believe it was an accident.
I have some questions if you don't mind?
1. If the meal / allergy story was such an issue, why didn't they obtain a list of the meals served on board. Was seafood even on the menu?
2. When we visited the Debris Centre, I distinctly remember the guide showing us a door that was between the galley and cargo deck. It had apparent 'axe' marks and I remember him saying it showed how the crew had tried to get the cargo hold door open to get to the fire. Do you remember that?
3. Also - I remember him showing us a pair of jeans that still had a sharks tooth snagged in the material and he said that some of the passengers had been eaten. The corpses that they were able to do autopsies on - I assume these were recovered beached or floating amongst the debris soon after the crash and were not salvaged a year later?
4. I too remember the crew jump seat that had the deep leg indentations, that to me, showed a significant impact. It was a harsh reality for me and i appreciated the force with which the plane must have hit. That however made me think the (cabin) crew maybe knew enough to strap in to the seats, maybe using the oxygen, when the plane crashed
5. I remember too, the guide telling us that they suspected the 'survivors' - people still alive when the plane hit the sea, were the last passengers against the galley wall, before the cargo section. I am not sure if he meant their bodies were intact, compared to others? Do you recall any of that?
The Margo Commission was a failure for sure and they did no justice to the people who lost their lives. They could have just as well used street cleaners .... maybe they would have been passionate about truth and fact instead of heresay.
So very sad, but I am delighted that you have given South Africans especially, a fresh but obvious point of view.
I too will never forget what I saw that day in the hangar, even though it had no bearing on my life in any way, other than to leave me with deep feelings of pity for those poor souls.
Well done Steve - you have done yourself proud.