Are pilots afraid to fly? A key question to ask after 2 crashes involving same Boeing model

A key question to ask after two air crashes in five months involving same plane model

For many pilots, flying is a childhood dream come true. So it is ironic that when they finally make it into the cockpit, the real flying is done mainly by computers.

It is common for pilots to turn on the autopilot once the aircraft is cruising and to turn it off only when preparing to land.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2019, with the headline 'Are pilots afraid to fly?'. Print Edition | Subscribe