Trump bemoans 'danger' in complexity of aircraft
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March 12, 2019 03:30 PM
President Donald Trump is bemoaning the complexity of modern airplanes in the wake of two deadly crashes in the past five months.
Trump tweeted Tuesday that the additional "complexity creates danger" and hinders pilots from making "split second decisions" to ensure their passengers' safety.
He added that "I don't know about you, but I don't want Albert Einstein to be my pilot."
Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
....needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I donít know about you, but I donít want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed in Indonesia last year and in Ethiopia on Sunday.
The president did not specifically mention the crashes but his remarks come after several nations, but not the United States, have grounded that model.
A Boeing spokesman said the company’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, spoke with Trump following the president’s tweets Tuesday morning and “made it clear he is absolutely confident in the safety of the airplanes.”
Air travel is statistically much safer today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Data from the Aviation Safety Network showed that the number of airliner accidents per million flights has dropped considerably since the 1970s.
The Associated Press and NBC News contributed to this report.
Updated: March 12, 2019 03:30 PM
Created: March 12, 2019 03:23 PM
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