I will open a can of worms here:
How does the idea of the sidestick being a contributing factor to this accident plays out among the aviation community? I'm aware Captain Sully suggested this in an interview. I'm thinking about the subject for some time now. When the PF mentioned he ''had the stick back the whole time'', the captain and the PNF quickly told him to put the nose down. However they were bellow FL100 when this occured, so there was not enough time to recover the aircraft.
Thinking about the sidestick vs yoke scenario, my conclusion is that had the PF simply let the sidestick free after the stall started, and had a consistent nose-down input be necessary in order to recover the aircraft from the stall (which I suppose it was necessary), the plane would continue to fall anyway. Having said that, the question is: had the captain and the PNF noticed the PF was pitching the airplane up, they would have told him do neutralize the controls (which I'm supposing it would also not recover the plane), or they would told him pitch down? And had it been the latter case, why they were not tolding him to do so since the beginning? However by playing the devil's advocate with Sully's argument, I couldn't refute him, because indeed when the PF revelead that the was pulling back on sidestick, the reactions of the other crewmbers were very clear in the sense they told him to pitch down. I just wonder if indeed in case the aircraft had a yoke or active sidestick the other pilots would have clearily noticed what was going on much earlier and would have told the PF to pitch down.
The trouble with the debate on the feedback on the stick issue is that as with everything on the internet, people's opinion depends entirely on which side they're already on.
From my post history it's fairly clear I on the whole prefer Airbus planes. I find them more comfortable, except the 767 which I recently flew on which is also a dream, sadly running down its time. I also have made it clear what I think about Boeing's management and corportae culture with the 737 MAX issue,
However, on the sidestick issue, I cannot fathom why people so desperately want to deny that it is possible additional information would help the pilots in an emergency. People say 'they already f***d up so how would it help?'. as if once they were in the stall we should just give up on them and leave them to die. Which is logical nonsense. Any potential catastrophe may begin with pilots screwing up, and planes are generally designed to help them out of it. In so many other threads pilots talk about how planes should give pilots a much information as possible. Then for some reason, in this particular scenario, they decide additional situational awareness is pointless.
Maybe it wouldn't have changed anything. But maybe it would. The point is we can never know. And it certainly wouldn't have done any further harm. People's desperate determination to protect whatever side they're on, to the point of contradicting their own usual viewpoint, is infuriating, and the harm it is doing goes far further than aircraft forums.
People also say 'but what about that 727 that stalled and crashed and had backdriven yokes'? Again, anyone with knowledge of statistics knows that is a nonsense argument. The point is not the crashes that happened with backdriven yokes, but the crashes that didn't happen that we will never know about, because perhaps they were prevented by that information. As they never happened we will never know if that number is zero or 7 or 20.
I believe the main reason the sidesticks were not linked was for weight saving. I'm sure 99.9999% of the time it doesn't matter. But there are a lot of smart people here being disingenuous when they say they know it wouldn't have helped. They don't know. Even if pilots aren't supposed to look at the controls in normal circumstances, this was not a normal circumstance and anything that helps situational awareness cannot be a bad thing.
I have my suspicions the PNF concluded there was something wrong with the plane, which yes was based on terrible communication. But it's hard to believe that while he was telling the PF to go back down, and took his word for it he would do it, if he could have seen what the guy was actually doing, he wouldn't have taken much more urgent action.
My favourite plane is an A340 by the way which I am very excited to fly in 6 weeks time.