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Donald Trump’s Wacky Solution to Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crash – Get Rid of Computers

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March 12, 2019

Donald Trump finally weighed in on the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed all 157 passengers and crewmembers and raised serious questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which has now been involved in two fatal incidents within the past five months.

The president’s solution? Get rid of computers.

Trump on Boeing MAX 8 Crash: I Don’t Want Einstein Flying My Plane

Donald Trump made this proposal during his regularly-scheduled morning tweetstorm, arguing that “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly” and that you need “computer scientists from MIT” to fly them rather than pilots.

“[O]lder and simpler is far better,” Trump opined, adding that he doesn’t want “Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!”

Read the president’s full tweets here:

Governments Ground Boeing MAX 8 Flights, But Trump Administration Lets Them Fly

Airlines across the world have begun to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights, with China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Mexico, and the UK outright prohibiting MAX 8 planes from operating within their airspace.

Notably, though, the US Federal Aviation Administration has maintained that Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes are still airworthy, allowing airlines to continue flying them in the US. Contrary to Trump’s suggestion that airplane designers should get rid of automation, the FAA said that it would mandate upgrades to the MAX 8’s computer software.

“External reports are drawing similarities between this accident and the Lion Air Flight 610 accident on October 29, 2018,” the FAA said in a notice. “However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions.”

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