The mechanics where doing their job correctly. Boeing gave bad info in their service manuals. Fallout from the Douglas/Boeing Merger and trying to get two service departments to link up.
Alaska only admitied responsiblity to keep the internatial liablility limits intact.
That aircraft should have been controlable and was up until the bonehead pilot decided to change the configuration of the aircraft by lowering the flaps, when he did that he lost it.
It was a classic pilot error foul up, and nobody wants to admit that.
Don't worry about the MD
-80 family, they are fine.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.