“… Had the original crew gone, they would be the first to tell you that they would have not been able to prevail.”“It saved our lives,” Sanders said of Tucker’s flying, according to the report. Peterson and Sanders got out of their seats.The whole crew ultimately recovered while handling the burdens of the attack in their own way, Hirschman said.Tucker eventually returned the plane back to its regular position and called the control center to set up an ambulance and “armed intervention” for when they landed, per the transcript.There was also no guarantee the Flight 705 crew was going to prevail in their fight with Calloway. But that crew went one minute over their eight-hour flight limit the previous day, Hirschman said.“(Tucker) literally had it on its backside, and to pull that off structurally, I don’t think anybody’s ever done that since,” Lombardo said. “And the airplane’s still flying today. He then performed daring aerial maneuvers with the DC-10 to throw Calloway off balance.After landing, the four men’s blood coated the plane’s interior like a grenade had gone off, retired airport CEO Larry Cox told The Commercial Appeal in 2014.“Express 705 heavy, affirmative, all that's been taken care of, that security will be available for, as well as medical assistance,” traffic control responded.“Pilots used that ability for work matters and personal matters every single day, so the idea of a company pilot getting on an airplane to go to the West Coast would have been totally normal,” Hirschman said.“It wasn’t a situation in which talking and trying to de-escalate the situation was going to help,” Hirschman said.
“They were in a fight for their lives from the moment they were attacked.
The flight crew eventually succeeded in restraining Calloway, though only after moments of inverted, near-transonic flight beyond the designed capabilities of a DC-10. The hammer's blow gave Tucker a skull fracture.Sanders, after changing course to a different runway so he could land safely, got the plane back to the ground in Memphis. Hirschman said no DC-10 has ever flown faster than the one in Flight 705. employer, Federal Express, had recently uncovered a series of irregularities and outright falsifications in both his original employment application The 6-foot, 2-inch Calloway had a black belt in martial arts, Lombardo said, and was “all muscle.”Among the severe injuries sustained by the crew, Tucker and Peterson had skull fractures and Sanders had to have his right ear sewn back in place while also dealing with deep head gashes.“He had to have multiple surgeries and years of physical and cognitive rehabilitation,” Hirschman said of Tucker.
“Even that would not have gotten him fired, to be honest with you. April 1994- Fedex 705 Flight Engineer Auburn Calloway knew his career was about to end. Loading... Unsubscribe from GABRIEL GAMER?
Attempts to reach the crew members of Flight 705 were unsuccessful.Tucker tipped the plane’s nose up, sending the fighters back, before turning the plane almost upside-down and sending it into a deep dive, as shown in a 2018 simulation of the flight. The scheduled three-man flight crew consisted of 49-year-old Captain David Sanders, 42-year-old First Officer James Tucker, and 39-year-old Flight Engineer Andrew Peterson. Cancel Unsubscribe.
It’s like a race car driver knowing how close he can get to the wall.”“You understand we're declaring an emergency, we need security to meet the airplane, we'll stop it on the runway if we can,” Sanders said, according to the transcript.The hijacking was one day before a scheduled disciplinary hearing that Calloway worried would end his career for good.So Peterson and Sanders fought Calloway instead.“They happened to be replaced with three strapping guys,” Hirschman said.
“It is our Navy training that allowed us to see what our limitations were in an airplane. All of us have flown that airplane.”Tucker, Sanders and Peterson all assumed Calloway was just an employee hitching a ride, a “jump-seater” in industry parlance.FedEx declined comment for this story. Despite sustaining serious injuries, the crew successfully subdue Calloway and returns the aircraft safely to Memphis International Airport.
Twenty-five years after three crew members of Federal Express Flight 705 withstood an attempted hijacking, the plane containing that chaotic fight for survival still flies for FedEx regularly.
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