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Doomed Boeing 737s Lacked 'Optional Safety Features'; Ethiopian Air Captain Skipped Training

• https://www.zerohedge.com, Tyler Durden

For Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers, the practice of charging to upgrade a standard plane can be lucrative. Top airlines around the world must pay handsomely to have the jets they order fitted with customized add-ons.

Sometimes these optional features involve aesthetics or comfort, like premium seating, fancy lighting or extra bathrooms. But other features involve communication, navigation or safety systems, and are more fundamental to the plane's operations.

Many airlines, especially low-cost carriers like Indonesia's Lion Air, have opted not to buy them — and regulators don't require them. -New York Times

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Extra safety features that were available would not have helped those lost souls. The fact is that when the plane began to dive the pilot should have disabled the auto pilot and mcas and took control. Instead the pilot decided to pray. This was all covered by the training that the pilot skipped out on. It is pretty sad that they are now trained to be more dependent on the auto pilot rather than the manual ability to fly. This should make everyone weary of their cars sitting in their driveways. In 10 yrs or so of using this automation to drive many will be as naive as this pilot was.


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