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FAA doesn't require small aircraft to be inspected before flight

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FARGO — After a pilot from Frazee, Minn., was forced to land a small plane in an Omaha residential neighborhood early Friday , many might have questions about safety regulations before takeoff.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires recreational pilots to have 30 hours of flight experience, and to pass a written exam, however, the agency doesn't require a physical examination of the aircraft itself before a flight, according to former pilot and aviation expert Bob Miller.

Miller says a quick walk-through of the plane can ensure a safe flight.

"I'd like to stress — and it's not original with me — you check everything on an airplane before you get in it and off of the ground," he said.

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