After the deadly Boeing crash on Sunday that claimed 157 lives, President Trump knew exactly what to blame: complicated planes. “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “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 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!”
His comments came just minutes after the U.K. suspended Boeing’s 737 MAX jets, the plane that was involved in both Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash that killed 189 people in October. It is not yet clear if the U.S. will join the U.K., European Union, eight other countries, and 26 other airlines in suspending use of the jets. The true cause of the crash remains unknown. Boeing’s stock has dropped 10 percent since Friday, and 5 percent in the first hour of trading today.