'I don't want Albert Einstein to be my pilot': Trump blasts airplanes as becoming 'too complex to fly' as the UK, China, and other nations ground the Boeing 737 Max 8

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Airlines and aviation authorities around the world have grounded their Boeing 737 Max fleets - and President Donald Trump has finally spoken out on the plane that's been connected to two deadly crashes.Advertisement

"Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly," the president said on Twitter 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...."

He finished the tweet about 12 minutes later.

"....needed, and the complexity creates danger," he continued on Twitter. "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!"

Read more: The UK, China, and other countries have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 after its 2 deadly crashes - here's who's taken action so far

On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed several minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers on board. Eight Americans died in the crash. Its demise has similarities to October's Lion Air Flight 610, in which all 189 passengers died. That plane crashed 12 minutes after takeoff into the Java Sea. Advertisement

The Boeing 737 Max has been critiqued by airline consultants as being overloaded with features. Captain Ross Aimer, CEO of airline consulting and legal firm Aero Consulting Experts, told Business Insider that Boeing is renowned for its safe aircraft, but the 737 Max has "some stability issues."

"The Boeing has always made fantastic, safe aircraft," Aimer said. "But in the case of 737, a simple way to describe it is - how many times can you modify your old 1980s Honda Civic? This is basically what Boeing is doing with the 737."

"It was a very safe airplane for many, many years and the most popular commercial jet in service today," Aimer said. "However, 50 years ago, when Boeing initially designed 737 -100 for Lufthsana, it was totally a different airplane. Now, it has evolved into something else."Advertisement