Professor George Fletcher in 1972 posited one theoretical basis for strict liability as the "paradigm of reciprocity":
The general principle expressed in all of these situations governed by diverse doctrinal standards is that a victim has a right to recover for injuries caused by a risk greater in degree and different in order from those created by the victim and imposed on the defendant—in short, for injuries resulting from nonreciprocal risks. Cases of liability are those in which the defendant generates a disproportionate, excessive risk of harm, relative to the victim’s risk-creating activity. For example, a pilot or an airplane owner subjects those beneath the path of flight to nonreciprocal risks of harm.
The downed plane is the paradigmatic paradigm exemplar, albeit tragic. But space news from a Michigan backyard, where no one was hurt, provides this week a happier occasion to consider the professor's proposal.