23-year Old Becomes Youngest African American To Be Certified As A Boeing 777 Pilot


A 23-year-old A recent college graduate from Mississippi has made history by becoming the youngest African-American certified Boeing 777 pilot in the world. Malik Sinegal, who earned a degree in flight operations from Delta State University only last year, said he did not even know what he had achieved until a Boeing representative called to congratulate him last month.

‘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.

Sinegal, a native of Biloxi, said he’s had his eye on the Boeing 777, which is the world’s largest twinjet plane, since 2004 when as a child he got to go inside of it in Alaska. Then in 2018, Sinegal first got to enter the cockpit of his dream jetliner after winning a scholarship through his school. As a junior commercial aviation major at Delta State, Sinegal was selected to serve as an ambassador for Republic Airlines, which entailed recruiting pilots.

For 16 days, Sinegal traveled the globe aboard Republic flights, with stops in Egypt, Dubai, Australia and Japan.

He dedicated his world tour to his late grandmother, who had always dreamed of taking a trip around the world. ‘I have been blessed enough to see all of the amazing opportunities that this world is ready to offer us,’ he stated in a press release that was put out by the college. ‘What you do today will set you in the right path for the rest of your life.’ Sinegal currently works as a flight instructor in Mississippi. According to his LinkedIn page, he previously served as first officer with Trans States Airlines.

Earlier this year, Sinegal founded the Organization of Professional Minority Pilots, and he also has been active in mentorship programs geared towards aspiring black pilots. Lack of diversity in commercial aviation has been a long-standing issue. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that only 3 per cent of all US commercial airline pilots were black.

This is how people reacted to this post:

Tracy FasonCongratulations young man fly high fly high n your life is just beginning,,, young man doing great things,, n not sagging his pant,playing all the women,,, greater is he that put GOD in everything you do/doing!!! Hats off to you

Michaele ShellhornHe is American. Lets not keep adding race to everything. The young man worked hard to achieve his goal.

Richard Ricky JenkinsCongratulations to this young brother & to the white people saying why does his race have to be mentioned well because he’s the youngest African American to achieve this which means he’s made history & that’s something that should be acknowledged & not downplayed, ignored, overlooked or removed & yes he’s worked hard to get to that position but need I remind y’all that this page is called black news which celebrates, highlights & uplifts the accomplishments & achievements of black people including those that are the first ever or in his case the youngest ever to accomplish something in whatever field that they’re currently in so why would his race be taken out of the equation.

Bob EmmerichThat’s awesome! I would say regardless of skin color, At 23 to be able to do that is an accomplishment in and of itself! Way to go!

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