“I recently experienced all these warnings in a 737 MAX flight simulator during recreations of the accident flights. Even knowing what was going to happen, I could see how crews could have run out of time before they could have solved the problems. Prior to these accidents, I think it is unlikely that any US airline pilots were confronted with this scenario in simulator training,” Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger told the House Transportation Committee during a hearing on the embattled plane model.
Sullenberger, whose “Miracle on the Hudson” landing in 2009 saved the lives of all 155 people on board, told the panel that it’s important pilots don’t have “inadvertent traps.”
“We must make sure that everyone who occupies a pilot seat is fully armed with the information, knowledge, training, skill and judgment to be able to be the absolute master of the aircraft and all its component systems and of the situations simultaneously and continuously throughout the flight,” he said.
Pilots need physical, firsthand experience to be prepared for emergencies, Sullenberger said.
“Reading about it on an iPad is not even close to sufficient,” he said.