Do they have a surface position display in the cockpit? If not why do they not do a pretaxi check with the ground crew? Apparently no malfunction reporting system in the aircraft.
Yep to much flight time on autopilot.
You can assume anything you want but now the world has a few more data points that didn't need to be printed and they wont be wondering what they are.
If NASA is surprised by this finding then they aren't any smarter than HRC!
The driver is the shear pin in the form of primmover control. It has brakes sized for the plane load, engine off switch and transmission selector. It does not have a screwball operator bypass....