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D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper

On November 24, 1971, a man identifying himself as Dan Cooper purchased a one-way ticket on Northwest Orient Airlines Flight #305 from Portland to Seattle. On the flight, he handed the stewardess a note indicating that he had a bomb in his briefcase and wanted her to sit with him. Per his request, she took a note to the captain of the plane that demanded four parachutes and $200,000 in twenty dollar bills.
When the flight landed in Seattle, the 36 passengers were let off the plane and "Dan Cooper" took the money and parachutes, and ordered the plane fly to Mexico City.
Somewhere between Seattle and Reno, the hijacker jumped from the plane with a parachute and the ransom money. He disappeared into the night and his ultimate fate remains a mystery.
The initials "D.B" are apparently a false name first created by the press.
In 1980, $5,800 of the ransom money was found on the banks of the Columbia River. This is the only portion of the ransom money ever recovered.

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Last updated by teeterj on Oct. 26, 2010

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