Trump uncorks bonkers rant about ‘complex’ airplanes: ‘I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot’
US President Donald Trump. (AFP/File / Brendan Smialowski)

President Donald Trump fired off a pair of tweets attacking automated airline flights, apparently in response to the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.


The crash killed all 157 people on board a few minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, and involved the same type of Boeing 737 Max jet as one that crashed five months ago in Indonesia, killing 189, that was blamed on the craft's automated system.

"Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "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," the president added, "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!"

The cause of Sunday's crash has not yet been determined.