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Donald Trump says planes becoming ‘too complex’ amid Boeing 737 crisis

The comments came just minutes after the UK joined other nations across the world in grounding the 737 Max aircraft in response to a second crash of the model in five months on Sunday.

world Updated: Mar 12, 2019 22:05 IST
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US President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs to visit storm-hit areas of Alabama from the White House in Washington on March 8.(REUTERS)

President Donald Trump weighed into the controversy engulfing Boeing Co.’s 737 Max on Tuesday, saying airplanes “are becoming far too complex to fly.”

The comments came just minutes after the UK joined other nations across the world in grounding the 737 Max aircraft in response to a second crash of the model in five months on Sunday.

While investigators are still piecing together why an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max plunged to the ground minutes after takeoff Sunday, regulators across the globe opted for caution, even as the US Federal Aviation Administration has said the jet model remains airworthy.

Earlier, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia closed their air space to 737 Max planes, and on Monday, China and Indonesia also halted flights.

Boeing shares slipped 3.7 in New York, after logging the biggest drop among S&P 500 Index members the prior day.

First Published: Mar 12, 2019 22:03 IST