I'm getting back to my standard MO, which means killing off my own hired crew.
I'm currently stationed in HIP 23395, fighting solo in the AX CZ near Jett Station. I was getting tired of my "Dangerous" crew member Hassan Fisher telling me that he couldn't carry out my orders, so I switched out the hangar bay for another HRP.
In my next trip out, I got zapped by an Interceptor because I had re-arranged my fire groups and took too long to fire up my Shutdown Field Neutralizer. When power was restored, I was down to about 30% hull, which wasn't enough to allow me to jump out of the system. My Krait II "Katya" (named after a previous deceased crew member) was done.
After staring at the rebuy screen, I thought "well, at least Hassan survived, since I conveniently left him at the station this time". However, it turns out that I didn't send him off to the Crew Lounge when I removed the hangar bay, so he was apparently sitting below decks minding his own business when the ship exploded around him.
He joins the growing list of crew members who died in my employ:
3304-08-19: Izabella Potter
3304-09-02: Mariela Wagner
3304-12-30: Katya Blevins
3304-12-30: Tamia Barry
3305-02-17: Hassan Fisher
I'm currently at about 72% from Combat Deadly to Elite. I keep telling myself that I'm going to go off an engineer my Krait II to be a little more focused on AX combat, but whenever I sit down to play I decide I would rather go fight than spend time doing that. Unless I go off and do the engineering legwork, I will continue to (try to) run away from Interceptors.
Jameson & Son are my copilots