49 years after the boldest act of air piracy in American criminal history, the elusive “DB Cooper” was never identified. ??? However, a new documentary has identified a very likely suspect.
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On that day, 49 years ago, began one of the most enduring mysteries in aviation history.
A kidnapper who went down in legend as “DB Cooper”. Skydiving from a Boeing 727 in the northwest with a bag of 200 ransom money. $ 000 that was never seen again.
The 24. November 1971 was the day before Thanksgiving in America. People across the country rushed to see their families.
One of the many passengers who bought a last minute ticket was a man who called his name as Dan Cooper. He boarded a flight at Portland International Airport for Seattle.
The 129-mile flight, which should take about 30 minutes on a Boeing 727, should take a little over half an hour.
But shortly after the start, ???? Cooperâ ???? gave a note to the pretty young flight attendant Florence Schaffner. Florence thought he was just a lonely traveling businessman trying to give her his phone number and ignored the note, but the man insisted that she look at it again.
The words “I have a bomb” were neatly printed on the note. . Cooper ordered Florence to sit next to him, opened his pocket slightly, and gave her a look at eight blunt red tubes packed in two rows of four and a large battery.
He told her to pass on his demands: he wanted the plane to be refilled in Seattle, four parachutes and 200. 000 dollars “negotiable American currency”. About 965. 000 pounds in today’s money.
The 35 other passengers on Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 were advised that their arrival in Seattle would be delayed due to a “minor mechanical difficulty”. one????
In fact, the plane circled the Pacific for nearly two hours while the airline managers organized the ransom and borrowed parachutes from a nearby skydiving school.
Flight attendant Tina Mucklow later told investigators: “He wasn’t nervous, he seemed pretty nice. He was never cruel or evil. He was thoughtful and calm the whole time. â ????
Cooper ordered a drink and even paid for it while the plane circled. Eventually the plane landed and the ransom was delivered. Cooper ordered the passengers and most of the plane. Unscrew and tell the pilots to fly it to Mexico.
When they told him it was impossible to make the flight without a second refueling stop, he compromised and asked them to fly to Reno, Nevada.
But about half an hour after the plane took off, Cooper jumped into the rainy night.
He was not seen by either of the two fighter jets dispatched to track down the hijacked airliner and the crew was locked up on the flight deck but somewhere over the wooded wilderness of the Pacific Northwest ???? DB Cooperâ ???? had jumped off the plane into the legend.
Even his name is a mystery? He had given his name as Dan Cooper and the “DB”. seems to have been accidentally added on a news bulletin.
It is not certain that the kidnapper survived. However, a small portion of the ransom was found by eight year old Brian Ingram when he was on a camping trip with his family, and some notes had been removed from one of the bundles.
Among them were: Duane Weber, a professional criminal who confessed to abduction on his deathbed, Barbara Dayton, an expert pilot who became the first recipient of sex reassignment surgery in Washington state history, and Lynn Doyle Cooper. ? An Army veteran who showed up at his family home on Thanksgiving in 1971, looking mysteriously mistreated and injured with unexplained wealth.
But the most likely suspect is Richard McCoy Jr. . , a distinguished Vietnam veteran and explosives expert, who hijacked an airplane in 1972 in much the same manner as the Flight 305 hijacked and at 500. 000 dollars got away.
McCoy was arrested and imprisoned for this second abduction, but escaped after making a replica pistol from soap. He was later shot dead by FBI agents trying to retake him.
His wife later successfully sued two FBI agents for writing a book calling him the real “DB Cooper”. and claim that she was his accomplice.
Was McCoy Cooper? Or is the mysterious criminal’s corpse still out there, waiting to be discovered in the barren wilderness of Washington state?
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