Unlawful Interference McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F N306FE, Thursday 7 April 1994
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Date:Thursday 7 April 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F
Registration: N306FE
MSN: 48287/409
Year of manufacture:1985
Engine model:GE CF6-50C2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM)
Destination airport:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A FedEx employee was due to be fired for lying on his résumé about his previous flying experience with the United States Navy. He took a jump seat on a regular flight from Memphis (MEM) to San Jose (SJC). He was intending to murder the flight crew with hammers and then to use the aircraft for a kamikaze attack on FedEx Headquarters in Memphis. He attacked just minutes after takeoff, brutally wounded the flight crew with hammers and fractured the skull of the first officer. A lengthy struggle ensued with the flight engineer and captain. The first officer managed to control the plane as the three others struggled in the cockpit.
By means of extreme aerial manoeuvres meant to keep the attacker off balance, the flight crew eventually succeeded in restraining him. The DC-10 landed safely at Memphis International Airport despite the plane's being loaded with fuel and too heavy to land under normal circumstances.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL94LA077
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report


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