Federal Distress

April 8, 1994

The crew of a Federal Express DC10 flight leaving Memphis Thursday overpowered a hammer-wielding company employee and safely landed their plane after being bloodied in an apparent hijacking attempt.

Auburn Calloway, then 42, a pilot facing termination for falsifying his job application, was sentenced to life terms for attempted murder and attempted air piracy.

Federal Express pilot David G. Sanders, 49, is helped from an ambulance at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital Thursday April 7, 1994. He was among three crewmen attacked by another Federal Express employee shortly after a company DC-10 took off from Memphis. The attacker, an off-duty company pilot, was armed with a hammer and a spear gun, according to the FBI. The plane returned and made an emergency landing in Memphis. Three people aboard the air cargo plane were critically injured and a fourth suffered less-serious injuries. (Richard Gardner/The Commercial Appeal)