Well in a nut shell basically a FedEx employee named Auburn Calloway a DC-10 FE
who had previously worked for Flying Tigers and when they merged with Fedx he got picked up...Well he had a checkerd past and was to have a hearing as to whether he padded his flight hours even though he was a former NAVY pilot and I believe Stanford Grad... anyway he had worked an inbound flt as an FE
and was to turn around and work the MEM
San Jose run...well his flt came in one minute over so the crew ran out of time ...the crew would have been him as the FE
a small female Captain and a male F/O.. He had his plan to take over the A/C. He felt he was getting a raw deal as an african american and was about to get fired so he had left a suicide note even though he wanted insurance money to provide for is family he would go ahead with his paln to take over the plane..But now the crew consisted of an all male crew and an F/O who was quite a big guy but he was not to be deterred he rode as a jumpseater and had to fight a 3 man crew. He had hammers and a spear gun ...he figured that if they were to crash his inflicted injuries to the crew would be consistant with an airplane crash. So he went into the cockpit and started hitting the pilots in the head with a hammer. The capt and the FE
were fighting with him while the F/O even with a fractured skull rolled the A/C almost inverted just short of it because of visibility and was moving the A/C wildly to keep the hijacker off balance...Well to sum it up the Capt took over and the F/O took over the fight in the cabin and he landed the DC-10 overweight and high and hot and was amazing he put it on the ground....The crew did a fantastic job....unfortunately the crew suffered such devestating injuries none of them were able to fly again and Auburn Calloway got life in prison without parole......