From Vanity Fair, below is an excellent article on automation, human factors and Air France 447.
Vanity Fair Magazine
October, 2014 issue, Page 256
“The Human Factor”
Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.
Willaim Langewiesche is a professional pilot and is currently the international correspondent for the magazine Vanity Fair, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that, he was the national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine where he was nominated for eight consecutiveNational Magazine Awards. He has written articles covering a wide range of topics from shipbreaking, wine critics, the Columbia shuttle disaster, modern ocean piracy, nuclear proliferation, and the World Trade Center cleanup. Langewiesche is the son of Wolfgang Langewiesche, author of Stick and Rudder.