Re: The reason that the Max series need MCAS
> Was AF296 caused by Airbus? The pilots flew their aircraft on a low flypast at high-alpha (ie. nose up) with the engines at flight idle, gear/flaps down, and then selected TO/GA too late for them to spool-up to full power and start to climb away from the trees they were heading towards and therefore hit.
Nearly - they weren't on flight idle but nearly full power. There wasn't enough left to 'power up' and the low altitude + approaching hill prevented the only other option - to nose down.