H.R. 765, introduced February 13 by U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-FL
), House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman would allow more than 10,000 cargo pilots to bear arms while in flight.
About FedEx 705:
Days prior to a scheduled disciplinary hearing, FedEx flight engineer Auburn Calloway skyjacked FedEx Flight 705 on April 7, 1994 with a hammer. Express 705 was a Douglas DC-10 operating from the cargo giant's super hub in Memphis to San Jose. David Sanders, 49-year-old pilot, copilot Jim Tucker, and FE
Andy Peterson fought off the hijacker. The bloody crew landed the aircraft even though it was more than 20 tons over max gross landing weight.
Its widely accepted that Calloway planned to plow the DC-10 into FedEx's headquarters.
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The book about FedEx 705 by Dave Hirschman is "Hijacked: The Real Story of the Heroes of Flight 705" (Dell Publishing, October 1998)
Ironically, a doomed flight with the same number was the Northwest Boeing 720 that crashed in the Florida Everglades. Northwest 705 operating Miami-PDX
was lost 40 years ago last week; February 12, 1963.
"Wouldn't your boss like to fly home nonstop at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon?" -Airline Exec to Congressional Staffer