Ethiopian Airlines crash: Boeing has full confidence in 737 MAX 8s but not Donald Trump
Boeing has insisted that it had “full confidence in the safety of the MAX” and said it would continue to engage with the various aviation authorities that have suspended the plane’s use in their home markets.
“We’ll continue to engage with (all civil authorities) to ensure they have all the information they need to have the confidence they need (to) safely continue to operate their fleets or return them to service,” Boeing said in a statement. “It is also important to note that the Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”
The statement came as the UK joined other countries including Australia in grounding the Boeing 737 Max aircraft following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed 157 people.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority says in a statement that though it had been monitoring the situation, it had as a precautionary measure “issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.”
Some five 737 Max aircraft are registered and operational in the United Kingdom, while a sixth had planned to commence operations later this week.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority announced it was temporarily suspending operation of the planes while investigations into the cause of the accident continue.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is bemoaning the complexity of modern aeroplanes.
Mr Trump tweeted that the additional “complexity creates danger” and hinders pilots from making “split second decisions” to ensure their passengers’ safety.
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….
….needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’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!
He added that “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot.”
The president did not specifically mention the crashes.
The aircraft crashed in Indonesia last year and in Ethiopia on Sunday.
Mr Trump participated in a signing ceremony last month in Hanoi between U.S.-based Boeing and the Vietnamese government.
Originally published as Trump: ‘Planes too complex to fly’