Donald Trump: 'I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot'

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First Published 13, Mar 2019, 5:22 PM IST
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Donald Trump: I do not want Albert Einstein to be my pilot
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The comment was made minutes after the United Kingdom joined the force of nations grounding the B737 planes after it crashed for the second time in a span of five months

Washington: US President Donald Trump, soon after Boeing 737 Max aircraft were grounded in over 19 countries post the Ethiopian Airlines crash took to Twitter to complain about the complexity of flying a modern aeroplane.

“Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 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!” Trump tweeted.

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The comment was made minutes after the United Kingdom joined the force of nations grounding the B737 planes after it crashed for the second time in a span of five months.

Recently, the US Federal Aviation administration faced severe flak as it refused to ground the 737 MAX.

In a statement, the administration said, “Based on all available information, EASA considers that further actions may be necessary to ensure the continued airworthiness of the two affected models.”

MIT in a reaction to Trump’s tweet replied, “We are happy to help, but maybe we can keep the pilots too?” followed by the thinking emoji and a thumbs up.

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