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FBI finally closes skyjacking mystery


Strange case of DB Cooper closed 45 years later
The FBI is closing the unsolved case of DB Cooper, the man who dramatically parachuted out of a Seattle-bound plane with $200,000 in ransom money. Forty-five years on, no trace of him has ever been found.
DB Cooper, or Dan Cooper, a man who appeared to be in his mid-40s, boarded a Boeing 727 from Oregon to Seattle in November 1971 wearing a suit and sunglasses. The airline was Northwest Airways, which eventually merged with Delta Air Lines in 2010.
Shortly after take-off he lit a cigarette, ordered a bourbon and soda and gave a note to a flight attendant saying he had a bomb in his briefcase and was hijacking the plane. He wanted $200,000 and a parachute to be waiting for him on landing. The pilot radioed his demands and the authorities agreed.
In Seattle, having got the money, he let the other passengers depart before ordering the pilot to take off again. Somewhere over the lower Cascade Mountains in southwestern Washington State he parachuted from the plane, the cash strapped to his body.
“We have arrived at our conclusion today that it was just time to close the case because there isn’t anything new out there,” said Special Agent Frank Montoya Jr. “There’s a lot that goes into that decision but really it was just time.”
The hijacking became one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations and manhunts in the FBI’s history, but the man’s true identity was never determined. Despite the resources diverted to solve the case, “unfortunately none of the well-meaning tips or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof,” the FBI said.


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