Interesting sky hijacking facts about DB Cooper

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There have been a number of marvellous hijacking incidents in the history of airline travelling, but none have been similar to that of D.B. Cooper. In 1971, D.B. Cooper hijacked an aircraft, a Boeing 727 flying to Seattle in Washington from Portland in Oregon, carrying 36 passengers. He demanded a ransom of $200,000 in packages of $20 bills to release the passengers. After releasing the passengers, he commanded the airline staff to fly the plane to Mexico City. Before the plane disembarked at Reno in Nevada, it was discovered that D.B. Cooper had jumped out of the plane.

The conditions in which he attempted this daring stunt were highly risky- at a height of 10,000 ft. above the ground, rain and wind blowing, darkness and an aircraft flying at 190 km/ph. He was never to be traced. The FBI has an on-going case against him which has reached close to 60 files in the course of the investigation.

Due to a miscommunication with the press, Dan Cooper came to be known as D.B. Cooper to the rest of the world.

To board the flight, he had bought a ticket from the Portland International Airport, identifying himself as Dan Cooper with cash. The flight was 30 minutes long.

During the course of the flight, he had ordered bourbon and water and looked quite calm. He was seated at the back.

After his drink, he called for a flight attendant, Florence Schaffner to carry out his instructions that he had written on a piece of paper, after threatening her with a bomb.

Seated beside him, Schaffner wanted to see the explosive. Her statement records that she saw red sticks and a lot of wire inside the cheap attaché that he was carrying.

On relaying the message to the pilot of the aircraft, the money was arranged from various banks in Seattle, including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Around 5:30 pm, the flight arrived in Seattle, where the passengers were asked to disembark from the airplane.

D.B. Cooper gave further instructions to the flight crew of flying him to Mexico City. The crew of the flight told him that there wasn’t enough fuel to complete the journey. He agreed to a halt at Reno, Nevada, for refuelling.

Around 8 pm, he asked the flight attendant with him to go to the cockpit. When the flight arrived at Reno, there was nobody to be found on the flight.

The FBI suspect that he had fallen into either the Washougal River or the Little Washougal River, which flows into the Columbia River to drain in the ocean.

In 1980, Brian Ingram was camping with his father around the site where D.B. Cooper has been rumoured to have landed. He had found a rotting package full of $20 bills, which matched the serial numbers of the notes handed over to Cooper. The total amount in the package came up to $5,800. After investigation, the bills were handed back to Ingram, who has since then auctioned several ones of them.

Within 5 years of investigation, the FBI had accumulated over 800 suspects. They believe that a skydiver or paratrooper had carried out this act and have questioned quite a few of them since.

The D.B. Cooper case is the only unsolved mystery in the history of American aircrafts getting hijacked. Even after so many years, the FBI continues to pursue the case to identify the man.

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