Boeing Max Jet Pilots Reportedly Received Two Hours Of Training On An iPad

Boeing 737 MAX 8 Planes Face Renewed Scrutiny After Second Crash In 5 Months

A new report raises questions about the training pilots received before getting into the cockpit of the Boeing Max jets. The new planes have been involved in two crashes in the last six months which have killed 346 people.

According to the New York Times, the training varied by airline, but pilots were given very little information about the differences between the new Boeing Max jets and the 737-800 they were based on.

Pilots for United Airlines put together a 13-page training manual on the differences between the two planes but had to do it without ever stepping foot inside of a simulator. They also received a two-hour training course on an iPad which was supposed to explain the new features on the plane, though it did not make any mention of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which is believed to have played a role in both crashes.

American Airlines told Quartz in a statement that their pilots "were required to receive some additional training on the MAX 8, which included an hour lesson on some differences."

The new planes remain grounded while officials work to identify what caused the deadly crashes and how to ensure that the problem does not happen again. There is no timetable for when the Max jets will be cleared to fly again.

Boeing does not have any plans to alter its training procedures and believes that pilots are capable of learning to operate the new jets using computer-based training.

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