FBI Gives Up on DB Cooper Hijacking Mystery
Officials have finally admitted defeat after failing to solve the case of a 1971 airline hijacking.
Described as the ‘longest and most exhaustive investigation’ in US history, the hunt for the mysterious individual known as DB Cooper has spanned over five decades.
The original incident began when a man, who at the time went by the name Dan Cooper, boarded Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 to travel from Portland to Seattle.
During the trip Cooper called over one of the flight attendants and asked them to write out a note declaring that he had a bomb in his briefcase and that the plane was being hijacked.
When the aircraft stopped at Tacoma International Airport he allowed the passengers to leave in exchange for four parachutes and the sum of $200,000 in cash.
After the plane had taken off again, Cooper strapped the bag of money to himself, put on one of the parachutes and jumped out somewhere between Seattle and Reno. No trace of him was ever found.
Some believe that Cooper had perished after jumping from the plane while others believe that he had survived and had used the stolen money to change his identity and disappear off the grid.