Update: Flight Global has good blow-by-blow account, so to speak, of final minutes in the cockpit of Flight 447. My question, and I'm no pilot, these guys didn't heed the stall warning and follow the training for stall recovery?
Just looking through articles on the factual report of information gained from the flight data and cockpit voice recroders recovered from the wreckage of Air France Flight 447. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports:
Reacting to wildly fluctuating airspeed indications and apparently confused by repeated stall warnings, pilots of an Air France jetliner in 2009 continued to pull the nose up sharply—contrary to standard procedure—even as the Airbus A330 plummeted toward the Atlantic Ocean, according to information released Friday by French accident investigators.
The long-awaited factual report, though it doesn't explicitly say the pilots acted improperly, provides new details about their actions during a dangerous loss of forward momentum that lasted more than three and a half minutes. The June 2009 crash took the lives of all 228 on board. Investigators already concluded that except for malfunctioning airspeed probes, there were no mechanical, electrical or other system errors found.
The report paints a somewhat unflattering picture of a seemingly confused cockpit, with the crew making extreme inputs to their flight controls and the engines spooling up to full power and later the thrust levers being pulled back to idle. At one point, according to the report, both pilots sitting in front of the controls tried to put in simultaneous commands. The plane only accepts one of them.
The senior captain of the flight, Marc Dubois, who was on a routine rest break in the cabin when the trouble started, returned to the cockpit and was present and observing the other pilots' actions during a large portion of the descent.
Also, a detailed report at Flight Global.