ORANGE, VA (WWBT) - Grieving friends are remembering a young aspiring pilot who died when the plane he was piloting crashed Sunday near an airport in Orange, VA.
Ryan Lee McCall, 16, died at the scene of the crash in a field east of the Orange County Airport, Virginia State Police said Sunday afternoon. Several of McCall's friends on Sunday emphasized how kind and sincere he was, calling him very bright and always smiling. Many of those friends took to social media services like Twitter to express how devastated they are following the tragic news about their friend, and how their thoughts and prayers are with his family.
According to the Daily Progress, McCall was a student pilot at Skyline Aviation Services flight school in Orange, VA. Seventeen is the minimum age for receiving a pilot's license, but Federal Aviation Administration regulations state that students can begin flight instruction at 14, and can begin to log the required solo flying hours at age 16.