The 45-year long manhunt for the enigmatic hijacker D.B. Cooper discontinued

Since 1971, after parachuting from a passenger plane with 200 thousand dollars in the bag attached to his body, the search has been on for the infamous hijacker named D.B. Cooper – but now the FBI has called a halt to the project.

On November 24, 1971, an elegantly-dressed man wearing black sunglasses boarded a Boeing 727-100 which was to fly from Portland to Seattle. After takeoff, the passenger, who had booked the flight under the alias D.B. Cooper, slipped a note to one of the flight attendants, which stated that the plane had been hijacked and that he was carrying a bomb.

After confirming the validity of the man’s statement, the stewardess passed on his demands to the pilot: $200,000 in unmarked $20 bills plus four parachutes, which were finally given to him at the Seattle airport. In exchange, he released everyone but the pilots, the flight engineer, and the flight attendant, and had the plane take off again.

Although the number of parachutes requested led the FBI to believe that there was more than one hijacker, Cooper was a lone criminal. After tying the bag of money to his body, Cooper put on the parachutes and jumped out of the plane as it flew at 10,000 feet (3,000 m) over the Cascade Range of Washington.

No information about his whereabouts has surfaced ever since, except for three bundles of $20 bills found on a Columbia River beach in 1980.

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