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Has the FBI Found the Famous Hijacker's Parachute?

1971 hijacker who "got away with it" is back in the news

On November 24, 1971, Dan Cooper (DB Cooper) boarded a Portland to Seattle flight. He demanded $200,000 and 4 parachutes. Shortly after the plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, he released the passengers in exchange for the money and asked to be flown to Mexico. He apparently parachuted from the plane's back stairs somewhere near the Oregon border.

None of the money ever made it into circulation and Cooper was never found or heard from again.

DB Coopers StashDB Cooper's StashUntil now.

A parachute, similar to Cooper's, was found by children in Clark County, Washington, and the FBI thinks it may be a clue to the case. "If D.B. Cooper had pulled his chute not long after that jump, he would have landed in that area," said Larry Carr, the lead FBI agent in the case. "Is this D.B. Cooper's parachute? We don't know yet."

The night Cooper jumped from the plane was well below zero. Carr and Ralph Himmelsbach, a retired FBI agent who spent 8 years on the case, have long believed Cooper's overconfidence coupled with his inexperience likely led to his death that night. And while none of the money ever surfaced, $5,800 of the frayed bills surfaced in the Columbia River in 1980.

But if the parachute discovered this week is Cooper's, how the ransom money got to the Columbia River is another mystery.

"No matter what you do with this case," Carr said, "the mystery deepens."

If you know anything about NB6 parachutes, Larry Carr and the FBI would like to talk to you. You can contract Carr directly through the FBI website.

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THis is the only hijacking case in US history that has never been solved. I would love to know whatever happened to this guy.

My Dad was in the army - I wonder if he knows anything about these parachutes. Thanks for the info - fascinating story!

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