First ... was the cargo door problem.
A problem where not following the proper closing procedures combined with s design flaw in the latch could cause locking pins to be bent out of place, wile at the same time a visual indicator showed the door was locked.
AA was the 1st to have an incidence with the door issue (AA96 June 12, 1976).
McDonnell Douglas "fixed" the issue with some changes in the latching mechanism.
The Turkish DC-10 was one of the newer "fixed" airplanes. I guess that fix wasn't so permanent after all ??
Second ... The AA crash at O'hare was many years later.
That crash was not attributed to the fact that the engine had separated from the aircraft. As the engine broke away, it rolled backwards over the top of the wing, severing hydraulic lines to the forward edge wing slats. The severed pressure lines allowed the slats on the left wing to retract while those on the right wing remained locked in the down position. The asymetrical lift condition caused by slats
"the only source to expose it is a 1983 website" ???
This is old news. I read about it from a few sources back at the time, one being FlyerTalk.
This was a sink hole, not a pot hole. Neither UA nor CO are at fault, in fact the aircraft was probably in control of the paint vendor, not the airline. Covering the name & logo is a smart move. Otherwise, some idiot will post photos trying to claim that the airline had a crash.
VX (VA is V Australia) does not have an "Elite" level nor any upgrade programs for select passengers. They do offer a day of departure upgrade program for un-sold Main Cabin Select and First seats. These upgrades are available to anyone.
There is a small niche market on the trans-cons for people who are consistently willing to pay a premium for a better travel experience. Thus UA's "PS" and others.
I suspect that VX's small 8 seat First cabin is "right sized" and priced for that niche market.
For the rest of us, they do have a decent coach product at a fair price. I've heard that on certain days, the opportunity to "upgrade" is very low to nil, indicating they are selling the product at the price you feel is irrational.
VX's problem comes in operating the same fleet on their shorter routes where there aren't as many willing to pay a premium fare. That's where the day of departure upgrade program comes into play.