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The FBI is making a new stab at identifying mysterious skyjacker Dan Cooper, who bailed out of an airliner in 1971 and vanished, releasing new details that it hopes will jog someone's memory.
The man calling himself Dan Cooper, also known as D.B. Cooper, boarded a Northwest flight in Portland for a flight to Seattle on the night of Nov, 24, 1971, and commandeered the plane, claiming he had dynamite.
In Seattle, he demanded and got $200,000 and four parachutes and demanded to be flown
Authorities inadvertently supplied Cooper with a "dummy" reserve chute — an unusable parachute that is sewn shut for classroom demonstration. The dummy chute was not left behind on the plane, and some assume Cooper did not realize it was not functional.
Because of the weather, the FBI couldn't begin a land search until the next morning. Even so, an exhaustive month-long search by ground and air failed to turn up a body, a parachute, or even a homburg. A copycat jump by a stunt artist and a deadfall by a 200-pound sled attached to a parachute failed to land near any evidence that Cooper had been there.
Nine years later, the flight captain casually mentioned that they had been searching the wrong area.
Originally posted by NGC2736
I couldn't get the link to work,
but even so, I doubt that he hid out. That would have been pretty hard to do with people watching him.
The only other possibility is that there never was a D.B.Cooper. He was a passenger that the flight crew made up as a hijacker. Then when the money came, they flew off and dumped it to a waiting confederate before landing.