OT - sorry, just a short reply:
I thought it was poor mx that resulted in a 17-inch strip of metal to fall off a Continental DC-10 that caused the crash ...
Think again. It's never one single factor. Heard of the 'Swiss cheese model
As I recall from what I read:
-> acft was overfueled and overloaded (cruise ship pax with way more baggage than average Concorde flyer + some 600 kg extra that were not even on loadsheet)
-> CG was out of limits to the rear
-> so cpt. decided to have fuel transfer pumps (tail to main tanks) running during take-off (SOP was off until after clean up)
-> consequently main tank was kept at 100% full
-> means no gas bubble built up inside that could have absorbed shockwave from impact of ...
-> debris of tire that burst after hitting ominous metal strip
-> which most probably would not have happened if tire was not deflated split seconds earlier from wear+tear because ...
-> wheel was wobbling due to missing spacer (since tire change 4 days earlier)
-> sudden loss of tire pressure caused plane veer left off centerline towards metal strip in the first place
-> performance calculations based on 10 kts headwind -> actually 4 kts tailwind on take-off
- fact that F/O did not have valid medical certificate had admittedly no impact, but adds to the impression of bad safety culture
If you want to learn more, start here
(especially Cpt. Bannister's remarks) or here