Re: Why are these guys even in charge?
Have a read of the AAIB bulletins and you will realise how much work and effort goes into *any* major aircraft accident investigation (http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/bulletins.cfm). This is done not in order to apportion blame, but to find whether reasonable corrective actions are possible to reduce the risk of it happening again. Not only the primary cause must be identified, but also the secondary causes and ways to improve survivability. It's not good enough to determine that the pilot flipped the wrong switch or ignored a warning light, it must also be determined the probable reason *why* the pilot made the mistake, the so-called "human factors" side that looks into the limitations of human senses and brain.