Thursday, March 14, 2019

Trump GROUNDS Boeing 737 Max Planes - 'Effective Immediately' - Varney: Trump acted in the public interest and in Boeing's interest too - It's 'common sense' to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8: Transportation expert - Are pilots behind Boeing 737 Max crisis?

Trump GROUNDS Boeing 737 Max Planes - 'Effective Immediately'The United States will no longer fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.Daily Mail

Are pilots behind Boeing 737 Max crisis?

Eric Krasting

Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., said pilot error may have played a role in the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
"It’s not the plane I'm concerned about, I think the plane is very safe... I think it is a pilot problem.  You have to be able to fly the plane,” Graves who is also a professional pilot told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on Thursday. "The most important safety feature is a competent pilot that can fly the plane.  You have to be able to cut off or de-couple the autopilot and take over flying the airplane, instead of fighting the airplane, which I fear happened in the case of Ethiopia and Lion Air."
Although technology has made flying safer, Graves said it comes with a downside.
“You have to ask the question, does technology cure pilot deficiencies or create pilot deficiencies,” he said.  “It all comes back to the same thing-- you need someone who can fly the airplane."
Rep. Graves is also the ranking member of the House Transportation Committee and expects to be briefed by the FAA this afternoon, and hopes that the situation can be resolved quickly.
President Trump announced Wednesday that the FAA would order the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX jets.