This 23-Year Old Just Became the Youngest Black Certified Boeing 777 Pilot

In 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that only 3% of U.S commercial airline pilots were Black. Despite the lack of diversity, many Black aspiring pilots have defied the odds and fulfilled their aviation pursuits.

One Biloxi, Mississippi’s native dream and dedication allowed him to make history at an age when most of us are trying to figure out what to do next.

Twenty-three-year-old Malik Sinegal is now the youngest African American ever to become a certified Boeing 777 pilot in the country — a feat he wasn’t even aware he had accomplished until he was contacted by a representative from Boeing to congratulate him.

The Boeing 777 is the world’s largest twinjet plane, and it’s usually not for beginners.

“The Triple 7 is one of the airplanes that people usually don’t touch until they’re around their forties or fifties or they’ve been at the airlines for a very long time,” Sinegal told WXXV25.

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Source: Black Enterprise