By now, the aircraft was He came back into the cockpit and threatened everyone to sit back down in their seats. The fact that these three Fed Ex pilots survived this horrific ordeal (albeit with life-altering injuries) is a miracle in itself. Take the Challenge ». [8], The crew of Flight 705 sustained serious injuries. He would then crash the aircraft while just appearing to be an employee killed in an accident. [11], The attempted hijacking of Flight 705 was featured in "Fight for Your Life", a season 3 (2005) episode of the Canadian TV series Mayday[3] (called Air Emergency and Air Disasters in the U.S., and Air Crash Investigation in the UK), which included interviews with the flight crew. The wounded captain put the DC-10 in a dive and rolled it to incapacitate the attacker before landing successfully. It's a shame that thousands have to die for anything to be important. What he didn’t count on was the skill and teamwork of the three men. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Due to the extent and severity of their injuries, none of the crew has, so far, been recertified as medically fit to fly commercially. Something went wrong. I’m glad at least they did receive a reward for their heroism - they sure did deserve it! He’d had his diabolical plan in the works for months: by crashing the plane into the Federal Express Memphis hub, he’d ruin the company, which he felt had treated him unfairly. But probably because no one actually died, they are not well known today. Calloway, a Federal Express employee, was facing possible dismissal for lying about his flight hours. While Sanders and Peterson tried to stop the relentless battering, copilot Tucker swung the aircraft into dangerous flight maneuvers in an attempt to literally knock the man off his feet. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. During the standard pre-flight checks, flight engineer Peterson noticed the pulled breaker and reset it before takeoff so the CVR was reactivated. It has a great ending and nobody died but they sure could have. Sanders communicated with ATC, deactivated the auto pilot, and prepared for an emergency landing. Tucker abruptly threw the He’d had his diabolical plan in the works for months: by crashing the plane into the FedEx Memphis hub, he’d ruin the company, which he felt had treated him unfairly. His plan to kill the crew and crash the plane backfired when the three-man crew--David Sanders (pilot), Jim Tucker (copilot), and Andy Peterson (flight engineer)--did not succumb to his brutal hammer blows to their skulls. Three of the four on board were ex-Navy pilots. Flight 705 was now traveling faster than any DC-10 There was a problem loading your book clubs. Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming, November Preview: 19 TV Shows & New Movies to Watch at Home, National Geographic Channel Naked Science, Fall TV Preview: A Guide to New & Returning Broadcast Shows. Blockbuster of 2021. They had one jumpseat passenger, an off-duty colleague who they assumed was simply taking advantage of the FedEx perk allowing virtually all employees to ride the company jets for free. National Geographic also did an excellent documentary of the event. [3] Calloway, Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate #14601-076, is imprisoned in the medium-security United States Penitentiary, Lompoc, in Santa Barbara County, California, as of June 2020. Son of Jor-El He intended to disable the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder before take-off and, once airborne, kill the crew using the blunt force of the hammers so their injuries would appear consistent with an accident rather than a hijacking. that the throttle controls, located to his right, were pressed forward Using a series of sharp turns that tested the DC-10's safety limits, ignoring warning messages from the onboard computer, and well over the designed landing weight, the jet safely touched down at Memphis International Airport. Calloway managed to wrench his hammer hand free and hit Sanders in the head again. To try to throw Calloway off balance, Tucker then turned the plane into a left roll, almost on its side. This book is not for the faint hearted reader. Despite severe injury, the crew was able to fight back, subdue Calloway and safely land the aircraft. The episode (season 3, episode 4) was titled "Fight for Your Life (Suicide Attack)". Peterson and Sanders were On April 7, 1994, Federal Express Flight 705, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 cargo jet carrying electronics equipment across the United States from Memphis, Tennessee to San Jose, California, was involved in a hijack attempt by Auburn R. Calloway, who the prosecution argued was trying to commit suicide. capacity to register. An African-American, Calloway believed that he had been the object of racist harassment in the navy and at FedEx. This is one of the most gripping real-life stories in the commercial aviation field. The divorced Calloway, a karate expert, suspected that he was about to be fired and would thus be unable to provide for his two children. In Hijacked, Dave Hirschman vividly re-creates this hair-raising battle of wills, giving each pilot’s point of view and drawing on his own experiences as a pilot to take us inside that fateful day. Although eclipsed by the magnitude and devastating results of the September 11th attacks, the incident of FedEx flight 705 was potentially equally horrific. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. That's crazy! This book keeps the reader engaged throughout the story. David Sanders, Jim Tucker, and Andy Peterson had taken off on a regular “out-and-back,” delivering and picking up packages for FedEx’s next-day service. The dramatization was broadcast with the title "Suicide Attack" in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia. Could not put the book down. A FedEx Employee named, Auburn Calloway is going to be fired for lying on his resume. [3][8], Calloway managed to hit Sanders again while the struggle continued. Please try again. Hirschman, a reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, provides a moment-by-moment reconstruction of the crew's long, bloody battle with Calloway. [8] Ignoring warning messages from the onboard computer and using a series of sharp turns that tested the DC-10's safety limits, Sanders landed the jet safely on the runway at 16,000 kilograms (18 short tons) over its maximum designed landing weight. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Inside, they found the interior of the galley and cockpit covered in blood. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. [5], Also in the airplane was 42-year-old FedEx flight engineer Auburn Calloway, an alumnus of Stanford University and a former Navy pilot and martial arts expert, who was facing possible dismissal over falsifying of flight hours. Although eclipsed by the magnitude and devastating results of the September 11th attacks, the incident of FedEx flight 705 was potentially equally horrific. Flight engineer Peterson's skull was fractured and his temporal artery severed. For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. The shock came twenty minutes later. However, the CVR was switched back on by the flight engineer, believing that he had neglected to turn it on.[3]. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020. [8] He pulled the plane into a sudden 15-degree climb, throwing Sanders, Peterson and Calloway out of the cockpit and into the galley. Check box if your review contains spoilers. The writing was excellent. Read it. [10], As of November 2020, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 aircraft involved, N306FE, remains in service[11] as an upgraded MD-10 without the flight engineer position,[12] although FedEx is in the process of phasing out their MD-10 aircraft in favor of the Boeing 767-300F. Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020. The crew overpower Calloway and land the plane safely. They acknowledge the support of loved ones, friends and FedEx family in the trying years that followed. [4] The left side of Tucker's skull was severely fractured, causing motor control problems in his right arm and right leg. The actual radio transmissions can be found on the net, and they are spine-tingling. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. It’s amazing. The crew overpower Calloway and land the plane safely. Could not put the book down. At the time of the incident First Officer James Tucker held the position of Captain at Federal Express on the DC-10 and was also a check airman on the type. Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020. Please try again. [2], Calloway pleaded temporary insanity but was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on August 15, 1995, for attempted murder and attempted air piracy. Please try again. Unable to add item to List. It was a great read. 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