While pilots have become accustomed to this situation and consider it 'normal', I hope that with a bit more careful reflection on the situation, most of you can see that there is a functional problem with the aircraft when the control system is intended to bank left when the pilot pulls the stick left, but it sometimes works opposite, and similar reversals with the pitch control. For decades, the solution has been to have pilots be responsible for recognizing that they need to change the control law that has been reinforced through hundreds of hours of flying and automatically switch to something that is fundamentally different. When there is an emergency and panic sets in, the predominate muscle memory often wins over the known, but rarely or never practiced (because it can be dangerous) control law to recover the aircraft. When it doesn't work and people die, everyone puts the blame on the pilot and inadequate training.I guess one could claim the aircraft is not in controlled flight because an untrained pilot is at the controls. Please tell me all licensed pilots would know to push the stick forward and rudder left (with ailerons neutral) to break the stall/spin described above.
We are all capable of making mistakes with not enough altitude to recover but, I hope that at least the controls are in the appropriate position should I ever auger in.
I know I'm taking your quote out of context but we really need to do a better job of training pilots. Even in a panicked and unusual situation, no pilot should be holding full back stick and left aileron hoping it will eventually recover. That's a training failure. Short of fully automated aircraft with no pilot controls, we need better training.
Watch this video to see how a simple control reversal can take something easy we all can do, and turn it into a nearly impossible control problem.
Now imagine I made a flying machine that has been carefully crafted to challenge pilots by implementing a control reversal at specific times to correlate with emergency conditions just to see if the pilot can figure it out and do something they are aware must be done, but that is in conflict with their reflex actions and what is familiar. Why would I make such a machine? Maybe I'm an evil SOB, but I'm going to be nice enough to give you the heads up that I put this trap in the design... and by the way, if you fail the test, you will probably die. Would you volunteer to test your skills against my machine of mayhem?
My point of this is that instead of identifying poor pilot training as the main problem behind these unfortunate spin accidents, maybe it's time to recognize the very significant role that excessively challenging aircraft design has been playing all along. There's only so much a task loaded person can be expected to do, and compensating for difficult control problems in an emergency is, too often, more than than the pilot will actually accomplish with success, even though he/she may 'know' what they need to do.