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FAA to probe medical certification of pilot injured in Mississippi crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a Mississippi pilot injured in a crash had an expired medical certification.
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VAIDEN, Miss. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration isinvestigating whether a Mississippi pilot injured in a crash had an expiredmedical certification.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the FAA requires pilotsto have a valid medical license to fly, but 72-year-old pilot Walter J.Mitchell says he’s exempt because he flies recreationally. FAA spokeswomanKathleen Bergen says all pilots must have valid medical certificates to flyunless provided a “special issuance” certificate.

Mitchell was flying a plane with three passengers, includingtwo children, this month when it crashed yards from an airstrip near Vaiden.

Online records say Mitchell is a Tennessee resident mostrecently certified to fly in January 2006 with a medical certificate thatexpired in 2002. Mitchell is running for Carroll County’s District 5 supervisorand previously lived in Tennessee.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com