I studied this crash quite a lot and I feel sorry for everyone who were and are still affected by it.
Audio files are however very impressive, but pilots should have followed: land as soon as possible and do not change the airplane configuration if everything's working fine.
Spallanzani, I think what everyone is trying to say is, don't make such a broad statement.
Not to mention your statement was quite the oxymoron. You would have to change aircraft configuration to land (in fact, many times).
Also, airplanes are not just objects that you leave until they break, such a system inevitably fails. Airplanes under-go preventative maint. to prevent problems. Although problems do occur, the pilot can only do his/her best job.
..regarding aircraft configuration: I could be climbing and the airplane is gaining altitude. Nothing is wrong, but I want to level off...under your statment, would I not be allowed to change my configuration (to level off and transition to cruise)?
I understand your reasoning behind your statement, but I think it was unrelated to this topic and type aircraft.