In 1968 when Mathias Rust flew his 172 from Helsinki to Moscow landing on a bridge near St. Basils and taxiing in front of the cathedral and stopping before hitting the crowds on Red Square, didn't heads roll?
It's about 95 miles from the crash site to the Battle of the Little Big Horn; the US Military has not had a great deal of success is this corner of Montana, at least that makes the news. Except for the number of people needing jobs around Ellsworth and Barksdale, not really a lot of reason to keep these around anymore is there? There primary mission was over before they first entered into service.
It's not only the party or parties being sued, but consideration is needed where to file suit. Go back 39 years to the first wide body crash, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 on a flight from Paris to London crashing in France. Obvious - USA courts pay higher settlements. Turkish Airlines = not deep pocketbooks. France where the person who closed the cargo door resided and worked at CDG - not a good payback. Great Brittan - only passengers. McDonnell-Douglas in a California court - $$$. Okay, that's settled, we make sure the primary case is in the USA and California. As it turns out that is the location where the memo was found from a Convair executive stating, "Someday one of these cargo doors is going to fall off and we are going to lose a plane full of passengers" (not exact words in the memo, but the correct gist). It was actually the third documented failure that resulted in this crash (first testing, second saved by miraculous piloting skills) but they did end up getting the door
Politics aside, the F-05 won its contract in a competetive fly off ages ago. Being an engineer I think of how the technology in my field has advanced over that time and leading edge tech back when the F-35 began to now - in my field it is beyond usefulness. Of course we do have the B-52 still a workhorse after all these years but the first 52 prototype flew in 1952 and the last one left the production line in 1962. Thinking of how fast technology changes, isn't the F-35 an obsolete manned fighter/attack plane in a unmanned age? As an extrapolation of Moore's Law where ability of integrated circuits doubles every 18 months, how can the F-35 be cutting edge instead of obsolete before it is fully operational in all fields?
Alert to overheating would need a response to that alert. I think of myself 180 minutes from an airfield and I get an overheat alert. Panic time or can action be triggered to resolve the overheat? Containment - isn't it a fact of aviation? Bird strikes - contain the debris. Turbine explodes, contain. Whoops, I guess the Qantas A380 didn't contain its parts all that well but it illustrates containment is an option. Personally I remember all the NiCads I had for my portable devices, chargers all over the place, and was darn glad to ditch the last one in favor of LiIon. One caveat - I will remain happy unless my house goes poof.
Battery fires = very bad, but of the other items listed - cracked windshields, fuel valve malfunction, brake problem - I have been on flights delayed or cancelled by these problems on many different airliners, many different airlines. As for lithium-ion battery fires - all too common (having taken down 2 747 freighters of which I am aware) and the Chevy Volt scare that made the news. I mean media going zonkers over outer layer glass crazing. I've been on a flight where we had a take-off abort and when we deplaned, they were treating the pilot who had shattered glass from a broken windshield on his lap - a CRJ. Didn't even make the news.
I am an old grump - because of things like a kid kicking the back of my seat every few minutes for an entire trans-Atlantic flight (don't they ever sleep?). In my experience most kids have been okay but every once in awhile I get seated by a real brat that provides an experience I will never forget. Put them in the baggage compartment.