9: What do aviation and self-defense have in common?

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In the mid-nineties a Fedex employee facing termination attempted to hijack Fedex Flight 705 from Memphis to San Jose. His plan was to take over the plane and crash it into the Fedex headquarters, and he wanted to make it look like an accident. Armed with a hammer and a spear gun, he launched a surprise attack against the crew of three shortly after takeoff. This is one of many chilling examples of how workplace violence can turn really bad really fast. We discuss some of the warning signs and pre-assault indicators, strategies for intervening in a close-quarters attack, and some of the reasons checklists are such a big deal for pilots.

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Voice Recorder transcript

Court Case

Checklist Simulator example

Example of all the stuff going on in the cockpit during normal takeoff/flight/landing

2015 intentional crash

The Gift of Fear

Mindhunter

Columbine

Ted Bundy

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