While I agree that some of the comments can be badly put and seem biased against a group or culture, you have to remember this is the internet, where not everyone is a 'professional' writer. Having said that, when it comes to the cockpit, this problem of high and low ranking officers not communicating because of an outmoded hierarchical structure in some Asian and Middle Eastern cultures has been responsible for many fatal accidents. And that is something people who are interested in airline safety SHOULD be talking about.
I get an even stronger feeling that pilot error is the key to this crash. If there was a history of malfunction with the auto-throttle on this plane (something which has very conveniently just surfaced), it should have made the flying pilot super aware of monitoring airspeed/throttle position.
Great video. I live on the approach path to north/south runway of Sydney airport, Kingsford Smith. People think I'm crazy when I tell them I sit out in the yard and watch these graceful birds swoop. The takeoffs are the best. Nothing like a full-throttle 747 screaming over, wings bent under the weight. Magic!
OK, I'm up-to-speed on that incident. Thanks for the help. I think I need to be a little more 'in the picture' in future before commenting. I value the professionalism of these forums and don't want to get a reputation for uninformed comment.