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Chute Found Cannot Be that of Missing Hijacker

April 02, 2008 10:40 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
According to the FBI, the tattered parachute discovered near Seattle does not belong to the infamous D.B. Cooper, who jumped from a hijacked plane in 1971

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The FBI claimed on Monday that the parachute children found in March was not the one used by plane hijacker D.B. Cooper, robbing investigators of what they had thought might be a clue in the 36-year-old mystery. The characteristics of the discovered parachute did not match Cooper's chute, according to experts.

Children playing outside their home in Amboy, Wash., found the chute sticking up from the ground. Having seen recent media coverage of the case when the FBI launched publicity efforts last fall, they urged their father to call the authorities.

Cooper became a media sensation in 1971 when he hijacked a Northwest Orient flight from Portland, Ore., to Seattle, Wash., claiming he had a bomb.

When the plane landed in Seattle, he released the passengers in return for $200,000, then demanded to be flown to Mexico.

But during the flight, he took the cash and parachuted out of the plane somewhere near the Oregon border. His body has never been found. 

The case has been open ever since, and the FBI recently decided to reach out to the public to ask for help in solving the mystery. The Feds released previously classified clues, including photographs.

If the parachute had been identified as Cooper’s, that would have at least answered the question of where he landed, suggested Steve Carr, currently the lead agent on the case.

Headline Links: Chute isn't Cooper's

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Reference: The FBI’s ongoing investigation

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