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342. D.B. Cooper: The Infamous Skyjacker
Aircraft hijacking, or skyjacking is the intentional taking
an airplane usually done for political purposes. Unlike
vehicle hijacking, which is done for financial gain
the most part, skyjacking is a darker, more
, potentially life-threatening action. During the mid-1960s to the
, about 160 aircraft were skyjacked worldwide. In the
States, many had taken control of aircraft, but
one had ever escaped the reach of law
with one glaring exception, D.B. Cooper.
name is Dan Cooper, but his legend began
D.B. Cooper because of a mistake by the
in 1971. On November 24, Cooper hijacked a
727 jetliner after purchasing a one-way ticket from
to Seattle, Washington. Cooper demanded $200,000, and four
to be delivered upon arrival to Seattle. Authorities
with his ransom request, and Cooper let all
passengers, and most of the crew off the
at that time.
Once back in the air,
directed the pilot to fly to Mexico, but
jet's fuel was not enough to make there
stopping to refuel. It was decided to land
Reno, Nevada for refueling. When the aircraft reached
, Cooper was not on board. It is thought
Cooper jumped out of the aircraft somewhere in
wooded forests of Oregon. He had ordered the
to fly at the lowest possible speed, and
fly at only a 10,000 foot elevation. The
of D.B. Cooper was born.
To this date,
Cooper skyjacking is the only case that is
in the United States. Cooper was never found,
was any evidence of the $200,000, and his
. Many believe Cooper could not survive a drop
such a great altitude, while others say the
of any of the money, or any evidence
his death proves he survived. In any event,
.B. Cooper is a true American legend.