FAA Investigating Crashed Pilots Medical Status

VAIDEN, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a Mississippi pilot injured in a crash earlier this month had an expired medical certification. The FAA requires pilots to have a valid medical license to fly, but 72-year-old pilot Walter J. Mitchell says he’s exempt because he only flies recreationally. Mitchell was flying a plane with three passengers, including two children, when it crashed yards from an airstrip near Vaiden. Mitchell is running for Carroll County’s District 5 supervisor and previously lived in Tennessee where he was certified to fly in 2006 with a medical certificate that expired in 2002.



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