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Last updated: 22 October 2021
Fecha:jueves 7 abril 1994
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F
Registración: N306FE
Numéro de série: 48287/409
Año de Construcción: 1985
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 4
Daños en la Aeronave: Ninguno
Ubicación:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:FX705
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
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 244 days (8 months)
Accident number: ATL94LA077
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Memphis International Airport, TN to San Jose Municipal Airport, CA as the crow flies is 2846 km (1779 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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