If you are puzzled by crew behaviour in Air France 447, perhaps a quick read of this will provide food for thought.
That article's not about Air France 447, it's about the airline training status quo, the kind of training the Air France crew would have received.
Ultimately, it's about the regulators' failure to modernise training requirements as the aeroplanes themselves have been transformed.
There is a case for saying that aeroplanes are getting better all the time (I would argue that is indisputable), but pilot competency is in reverse.
It's not the pilots' fault, however. And it's not just me being an old grump and saying "things aint what they used to be".
Recurrent training is the same today as it was for Lockheed Constellations in the 1950s. As Dr Kathy Abbott says in my article, pilots are being given fantastic tools and then not taught to understand nor manage them.