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Trump bemoans 'danger' in complexity of aircraft

President Donald Trump gestures to people cheering on the tarmac as he arrives on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, March 8, 2019, en route to Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla. President Donald Trump gestures to people cheering on the tarmac as he arrives on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, March 8, 2019, en route to Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla. | Photo: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster.

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.

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He added that "I don't know about you, but I don't want Albert Einstein to be my pilot."

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.

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