As a retired professional driver with a very good safety record I don't see reason to defend the pilot. The pilot has ultimate responsibility for the operation of the plane and rest break or not he is responsible for the safe operation of the plane. There is a reason for that. He is supposed to be the most experienced and most knowledgeable person in that plane. In a crisis he should have taken over the controls ASAP. He didn't have time to advise co-pilots yet it seems that what he did if he did anything at all. Either his lack of knowledge or lack of action when it was time to act resulted in a permanent break for everyone on board. He had a chance of keeping the plane in the air. My heart goes out to those on board and their families.