Pi­lots to train af­ter crash

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

– Avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties in In­done­sia and In­dia on Thurs­day pushed for more sim­u­la­tor train­ing for Boe­ing Co 737 MAX pi­lots fol­low­ing the deadly Lion Air crash, while the world’s largest plane­maker re­it­er­ated that its top-sell­ing jet­liner was safe.

Boe­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Den­nis Muilen­burg told a CNBC in­ter­viewer on Thurs­day he was “very con­fi­dent” in the safety of the 737 MAX, the new­est ver­sion of a jet that has been a fix­ture of pas­sen­ger travel for decades.

“We know our air­planes are safe,” he said. “We have not changed our de­sign phi­los­o­phy.”

Muilen­burg’s com­ments came the same day that In­dia’s avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor said 737 MAX pi­lots should be trained on a sim­u­la­tor that repli­cates the sce­nario that led to the crash, while In­done­sia’s trans­port min­istry said it would im­me­di­ately im­pose new re­quire­ments for sim­u­la­tor train­ing.

Other MAX cus­tomers, in­clud­ing large US car­ri­ers, have re­it­er­ated they are con­fi­dent in the plane. – Reuters

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