Biloxi High School graduate is the youngest African American Boeing 777 pilot

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A former Biloxi resident and Indians grad made history last week without him even knowing about it.

Twenty-three-year-old Malik Sinegal became the youngest African-American in the world to be certified as a Boeing 777 pilot as well as be left seat qualified.

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Sinegal told News 25 he had no idea that he had accomplished such a feat until a representative from Boeing informed him of the history making achievement.

History made or not, Sinegal has always had his eye on flying a B777. “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. And I came down with the opportunity where–a scholarship opportunity where I was able to get into the airplane. The biggest reason for me is that I’ve always wanted to fly this airplane. I was able to get in it for my first time in 2004 going to Anchorage, Alaska, which is my favorite place in the world.”

Currently, Sinegal is mainly doing flight instruction at New Height’s Aviation in Batesville, Mississippi.

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Grace Boyles was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, the “Cherry Capitol of the World”. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with dual majors, earning degrees in Communications and Creative Writing. During her time at Michigan, Grace broadcasted countless sporting events for the Big Ten Network, from baseball to men’s and women’s basketball to wrestling. Grace’s favorite sport to cover, however, was Michigan football from the sidelines at the Big House— even when it was 25 degrees and snowing! Grace is excited and eager to explore the Gulf Coast, meet new people, and learn more about this incredible community while telling the area’s news and sports stories.