President Donald Trump said Monday that Boeing should “fix” and “rebrand” its popular 737 Max after the jet’s anti-stall software was implicated in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people since October.
Trump’s tweet stands in contrast with his earlier statement that the main problem with air travel was that flying had simply become “far too complex.”
“Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT,” he tweeted in March, after the deadly crash in Ethiopia. “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.”
Boeing has slowed production of the Max jet and plans to submit a software fix to Federal Aviation Administration regulators within the next couple of weeks.
Several major airlines have extended Max cancellations through the summer. American has canceled Max flights through Aug. 19, totaling 115 flights per day, while Southwest has canceled through Aug. 5 and United through June 5.