Stumbling across sand,

 Bottle in hand,

 Louis Merton speaks:

"Disk error,

 128 people's lives erased."

Same cost as a plane crash,

 They rest in heaps

 Of erased streamer 1/4 inch wide,

 And 14 years long.

There had been a flaw in the tape I/O,

 And now the justice of error was dispensed:

Barbara Newton,

 Li Xiau Peng,

 John Bassingithwaite,

 Tiffany Krest.

All digitally dead.

AUTHOR: The Laughing Fool