The stick shaker was optional. MD
offered it on just the captains side, and they offered it on both the First Officers and Captains side. The one on AA
that horrible day was just on the captains side.
They said when the engine came off, it disrupted the power on the captains side, resulting in a power failure only on his side. The FO who was flying had everything except for the stick shaker. I could not imagine how busy they were in a sudden. First the captain was probably in shock from the power failure, and neither had a clue the engine completley fell off. Then came the control problem. Then I would imagine tons of warning lights, and a procedure they had to follow during an emergency.
I have doubts they even knew they were stalling, and if they did recognize the stall it may have been too late. I think the CVR ended when the electrical system failed. I cant imagine what went through their minds.
I found it interesting that no changes were made to the hydraulic system after the accident investigation was finished. They decided not to change it because of the doubts of it ever happening again. If they had changed the hydraulic setup, could that have saved UA
232? Just makes you wonder.
I am not an expert, but I can compare it to driving a car.
Getting on the on ramp, doing 60mph. Suddenly you get a tire blowout. While dealing with that, your hood flies up and you cant see what is happening. Then your power steering fails. Wow, they had their hands full.