Maurice McGreal's "Remember Paris" letter (Flight International, 18-24 November) is illustrative of hammering the square pegs of reality into the round holes of nostalgia. In common with that other flying souffl‚, the Space Shuttle, the Paris Concorde disaster was an accident waiting to happen. Blaming it on an unswept runway is like blaming the loss of the American Airlines Airbus A300-600R in New York in November 2001 on wake turbulence from the Japan Airlines Boeing 747 ahead of it.

David Connolly Brussels, Belgium

Source: Flight International