It's not the "past tense." It's the present perfect, and 'led' is the past participle.
way = singular
Oft repeated nonsense. The ultimate control of an Airbus, during fault conditions, is Direct Law, where the pilot control inputs are transmitted unmodified to the control surfaces, providing a direct relationship between sidestick and control surface.
There has been no evidence suggesting that the aircraft was being flown in Direct Law. The automated messages from the aircraft indicated a switch to Alternate Law, and if it had switched to Direct Law while the pilots were still able to fly the aircraft, a report would have been issued to that effect as well. In Alternate Law, there is still a low speed stability function that will cause the aircraft to decrease its angle of attack. This may be overridden, but a pilot accustomed to trusting the safeguards may be reluctant to do so.
And that's really the whole point, isn't it? Be it Alternate Law or Direct Law, the exposure these guys have is going to be limited to simulator time. Figuring out how the aircraft behaves in response to stick inputs under Direct Law while flying through the worst of weather conditions is a recipe for disaster.
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