President Donald Trump commented on the controversy surrounding Boeing's 737 Max on Tuesday, tweeting that airplanes “are becoming far too complex to fly.”
The president insisted that “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.”
Trump’s remarks came shortly after Great Britain joined other countries in grounding the 737 Max aircraft following a second crash of the model in five months on Sunday, according to Bloomberg.
Boeing said Tuesday that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration isn’t mandating any action on the 737 Max at this time and that the jet model remains airworthy.
But Malaysia, Singapore and Australia have closed their air space to 737 Max planes, with China and Indonesia also halting flights of the jet model.
Investigators are still trying to figure out why an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed minutes after takeoff Sunday.
Following the crash, Boeing said it has delayed plans to unveil its huge new 777X jetliner this week, according to CNN.
This comes after Boeing announced last week that the 777X, which can carry 425 passengers and which the company described as the world’s “largest, most efficient twin-engine jet," would make its debut on Wednesday.
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