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Capt. Todd Insler said that he doesn’t need to know how some systems on his airplane work, comparing it to watching television.

As a retired career safety analyst who worked mostly in commercial-airplane design, I am appalled by these views. Many aviation accidents that would otherwise have been catastrophic have been avoided because pilots understood how their airplanes worked.

And a further comment that saying anything about the recent Lion Air crash is premature is more nonsense. The causes of any accident can only be resolved by people saying things.

Ted Yellman, Bellevue