Trump says planes too complex after crash of Boeing jet in Ethiopia

Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

President Donald Trump speaks at the debut of the Boeing South Carolina Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 17, 2017.

In the wake of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crash that killed 157 people in Ethiopia, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that airplanes are becoming “far too complex to fly.”

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Regulators in China, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia and the United Kingdom have all grounded the aircraft. On Tuesday, a regulator in Vietnam said it would not license Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the country, according to Xinhua, a Chinese news agency. Companies in Vietnam had placed orders with Boeing to purchase the aircraft last month during Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

Boeing shares have fallen steeply as questions have mounted about the company’s popular new jetliner. The company’s shares were down 6 percent in morning trade on Tuesday.

Boeing said Monday a software update was in the works and would be ready by April. Boeing did not respond to a request for comment on the president’s tweets Tuesday.

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