I know the 200 number is being repeated time and again, and NYT promptly picked up the scent on their cadet program now.
Was the FO PF??
I guess we know nothing rule is not applicable for this lack of hours theory.
Thank you for asking this very important question, which I'd forgotten to include in my earlier post. The 200 hours is largely irrelevant if he didn't have hands on the aircraft, and somewhat irrelevant regardless.
I can't believe I'm letting myself get caught in this nonsense (I'd fly on a MAX right now, no questions asked), but too much is too much. We now live in a word where a snap decision is usually made via some "expert" on social media, such as this website. Well, lets bring some other facts into the situation.https://www.asirt.org/safe-travel/road-safety-facts/
If you seriously think the MAX needs to be grounded, then you also should quit driving (or taking any other mode of transportation, for that matter). Look, I'm not trying to say that the live lost were just statistics. But, when you start to take the blinders off and realize the scope of transportation as a whole, the two accidents don't compare to what happens on a daily, if not hourly, basis around the world. I mean, we're talking over 136 deaths an HOUR alone just in vehicle accidents. The problem with aircraft accidents (and, particularly airline accidents) is that there is a much larger loss of life total in one accident. Then, all of a sudden, people (and the media feeding that frenzy) are stating that aircraft should be grounded, they shouldn't be flying, and making nonsensical hashtags and such. If an A380 crashes tomorrow, and 400+ people die in said accident, shouldn't we also make called for Airbus to be accountable and have the A380 grounded? ("#GroundTheA380", right?) I mean, that's more deaths than the two MAX crashes. Or, what about all the deaths in vehicle accidents? Shouldn't we call to Ford and Tesla and General Motors and Honda (the 4 largest automobile manufacturers) and have them put a stop to manufacturing their "killing machines" (as I overheard a person on the street call the MAX)? Machines are not perfect. Us as humans are not perfect, either. Accidents will happen. People are going to die. It's a fact that doesn't need a reference or a link to a website. It's the truth.
The obvious, gaping hole in your argument is this: the vast majority of motor vehicle collisions are caused by driver error alone, i.e. there is no mechanical issue with the vehicle and no interference from the environment. I'm talking inattention, poor decision-making, insufficient training and (re-)assessment, speeding, etc. By contrast, the chain of causation in an aircraft crash is infinitely more complex and usually involves multiple instances of human error - whether those errors are made by pilots, flight attendants, ramp crew, ATC, dispatch, flight planners, maintenance and engineering, aircraft/component design and manufacture, weather forecasting, and so on. Vehicle manufacturers (some, not all) are going to great lengths to improve the active and passive safety of the vehicles they put on the road, just like the aviation industry does.