I actually think this is the training these days. The pilots are there to monitor the systems and not really fly the plane. Totally agree here. I really think in this case, they just ran out of time. It takes a while to diagnose what is going wrong and realize that you need to take over control of the airplane. At the same time, I have seen enough of these Mayday episodes to know that in many cases, pilots trust the computers too much and are reluctant to take over. Dare I also say that crews from different countries also behave differently. People born in countries where governments have lots of authority tend to listen to the chain of command, which in this case would be the airplane, and just let it do what its supposed to do. People born in the west tend to think more for themselves and question any authority, so I think they would take over the airplane sooner. Huge speculation on my part of course, but I wouldn't be surprised if this played a role as well.