The Story Of D. B. Cooper's Life

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Considered by many as one of the most famous disappearances, D.B. Cooper’s identity remains mysterious and enigmatic in recent history. Almost 45 years after the hijacking incident of Northwest Airlines, nobody still knows his real identity. Recently, the F.B.I has closed the manhunt, but the question remains the same: Who is D.B. Cooper?

The name D.B. Cooper is a descriptive name created by the media to refer to an unknown man who hijacked Northwest Airlines Flight 305. The story of D.B. Cooper started in the afternoon of November 24, 1971, at Portland International Airport. A 5’10” man in his mid-forties with an attaché case checked himself in with a one-way Northwest Airline ticket bound for Seattle. He identified himself as Dan Cooper.
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Cooper had a plan. He wanted the pilot to fly him to Mexico City within minimum airspeed and a maximum of 10,000-foot altitude. Additionally, he specified the angle of the wing flaps, the landing gear remained deployed and that the rear exit door remained open with the staircase extended, although the latter was objected by Northwest’s main office. Although everyone on the plane was aware of his plans, they did not exactly know what exactly those were. And so, while the plane was flying towards Reno, Nevada for refueling, Cooper jumped out of the aircraft, carrying with him the ransom money. It was only after the plane’s landing at Reno, Nevada that they were able to confirm that Cooper has mysteriously disappeared from the aircraft. The exact time and location of his disappearance are unknown and even though two fighter aircraft were shadowing the Boeing 727, they were not able to identify when Cooper exactly jumped …show more content…
Cooper, were found in several places in the country in the succeeding years. In 1978, the information placard of the rear staircase was found in Castle Rock, Washington. Around 294 pieces of buried $20-bills, all of which contained the serial numbers of the money given to Cooper, were discovered along the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington in 1980. The remaining $194,000 of the ransom was never recovered. Recently, in 2008, a piece of a parachute, which is believed to have been one of the two parachutes used by Cooper in his escape, was found near Amboy, Washington. All places where these pieces of evidence were discovered are near Lake

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