This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Cooper is the name attributed to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on November 24, 1971, received $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. The name he used to board the plane was Dan Cooper, but through a later pressmiscommunication, he became known as D.B. Cooper. Despite hundreds of leads through the years, no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper's true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered. Several theories offer competing explanations of what happened after his famed jump, but the F.B.I. believes that he did not survive.
The nature of Cooper's escape and the uncertainty of his fate continue to intrigue people. The Cooper case (code-named "Norjak" by the F.B.I.) is the only unsolved U.S. aircraft hijacking, and one of the few such cases anywhere in the world, along with Malaysia Airlines Flight 653. The Cooper case has baffled government and private investigators for decades, with countless leads turning into dead ends. As late as March 2008, the F.B.I. thought it might have had a breakthrough when children unearthed a parachute within the bounds of Cooper's probable jump site near the town of Amboy, Washington. Experts later determined that it did not belong to the hijacker. Despite the case's enduring lack of evidence, a few significant clues have arisen. In late 1978 a placard containing instructions on how to lower the aft stairs of a 727, later confirmed to be from the rear stairway of the plane from which Cooper jumped, was found just a few flying minutes north of Cooper's projected drop zone. In February 1980 on the banks of the Columbia River, eight-year-old Brian Ingram found $5,880 in decaying $20 bills, which proved to be part of the original ransom.
   
In October 2007, the F.B.I. claimed that it had obtained a partial DNA profile of Cooper from the tie he left on the hijacked plane. On December 31, 2007, the F.B.I. revived the case by publishing never-before-seen composite sketches and fact sheets online in an attempt to trigger memories that could possibly identify Cooper. In a press release, the F.B.I. reiterated that it does not believe Cooper survived the jump, but expressed an interest in ascertaining his identity. Hijacking
On Wednesday, November 24, 1971, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States, a man traveling under the name Dan Cooper boarded a Boeing 727-100, Northwest Orient (subsequently Northwest Airlines, now part of Delta Air Lines) Flight 305 (FAA Reg. N467US), flying fromPortland International Airport (PDX) in Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. Cooper was described as being in his midforties, and between 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) and 6 feet (1.83 m) tall. He wore a black raincoat, loafers, a dark suit, a neatly pressed white collared shirt, a black necktie, black sunglasses and a mother of pearl tie pin.
Cooper sat in the back of the plane in seat 18C. After the
jet had taken off from Portland, he handed a note to a young flight attendant named Florence Schaffner,
who was seated in a jumpseat
attached to the aft stair door, situated directly behind and to the left of Cooper's seat. She thought he was giving her his phone number, so she slipped it, unopened, into her pocket.
Cooper leaned closer and said, "Miss, you'd better look at that note. I have a bomb."
the envelope was a note that reportedly read: "I have a bomb in my briefcase. I will use it if necessary. I want you to sit next to me. You are being hijacked."
the pilot. unaccompanied.  He instructed her to tell the pilot not to land until the money and parachutes Cooper had requested were ready at Seattle-Tacoma. Among the released passengers was flight attendant Schaffner. and two sets of parachutes two main back chutes and two emergency chest chutes. First Officer William Rataczak and flight engineer H. the jet was put into a holding pattern over Puget Sound.  The note carried instructions ordering the items to be delivered to the plane when it landed at Seattle-Tacoma  International Airport. which he would offer to pay for. that mostly had serial numbers beginning with the letter L.B.B. She went back to the cockpit to relay Cooper's instructions. issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.000. and wires. F. drinking a cocktail of bourbon whiskey and lemon-lime soda. When the flight attendant informed the cockpit about Cooper and the note. flight attendant Mucklow. via the aft stairs. Cooper sat in the airplane.B. a flight attendant who spent the most time with the hijacker. Anderson were not permitted to leave the aircraft. Tina Mucklow. The plane landed at the airport at 17:39 (5:39 pm). The F. Seattle police were able to find Cooper's preferred parachutes at a local skydiving school. Authorities initially intended to obtain military-issue parachutes from McChord Air Force Base.E. In assembling the cash demands. wanted poster of D. which had manually operatedripcords." and used "filthy language.  The agents also ran all of the 10.I. who instructed Scott to cooperate with the hijacker. contacted Northwest Airlines president Donald Nyrop.I. a large battery.The note also provided demands for $200. F. who contacted Seattle police and the F.I. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) near Seattle.  However. if the demands were not met. William Scott. He instructed air traffic control to send one person to deliver the $200. Pilot Scott. airport traffic control radioed Scott and told him that Cooper's demands had been met. Cooper Following Cooper's demands. B. long enough for Schaffner to see red cylinders.  The person chosen.B.000 and four parachutes were met.B. while Cooper's demands for $200. in unmarked bills."  At 17:24 (5:24 pm).I.  Meanwhile. but they decided to give bills printed mostly in 1969.000 $20 bills quickly through a Recordak device to create  a microfilm photograph of each bill and thus record all the serial numbers.  Releasing passengers in exchange for demands F. Washington. Cooper opened his briefcase momentarily.  Scott instructed Schaffner to go back and sit next to Cooper. he would blow up the plane. Sensing this. drove to the plane and delivered the cash and parachutes to flight attendant Mucklow. but Cooper said he wanted civilian parachutes. agents followed Cooper's instruction for unmarked bills. a Northwest Orient employee. contacted Seattle-Tacoma air traffic control. remarked Cooper "seemed rather nice." and thoughtful enough to request the crew be brought meals after the jet landed in Seattle. and ascertain if the bomb was in fact real. Cooper then gave Captain Scott permission to land at the flight's intended destination.I. investigators for the Cooper case claim the hijacker was "obscene.  The civilians left the plane because Cooper's actions were kept secret from the passengers as to not stir panic.  Cooper then instructed Scott to taxi the plane to a remote section of the tarmac and also dim the lights in the cabin to deter police snipers. . convincing her the bomb was real.000 and four parachutes.
At the time Cooper jumped. The F. Because of the poor visibility. Cooper asked Mucklow.  Up to this point in history.I. The agents wondered if Cooper had an accomplice on board. Cooper and the crew discussed other possible locations. Cooper then ordered Scott to leave the cabin unpressurized. near Lake Merwin.I.  That was the last time he was known to be alive. An unpressurized cabin at 10.000 feet (7. a low-altitude Federal airway that passed west of theCascade Range.   However. an FAA official. Cooper promptly denied the official's request.000 m)). Nevada. with no light source coming from the ground because of cloud coverage.000 feet (3. upon which the fuel crew promptly tried to speed up the job until completion. Over the intercom.000 miles (1.000 and 37. but the hijacker replied curtly. his descent went unnoticed by the United States Air Force F-106 jet fighters tracking the airliner. where they would again refuel. the plane was flying through a heavy rainstorm.  Later theories based on a variety of sources including testimony on weather . or if the parachutes were intended for the four crew members who were still on the plane. who wanted to explain to the hijacker the legal consequences of air piracy.  A vapor lock in the fuel tanker truck's engines slowed down the refueling process. the crew noticed a light flash indicating that Cooper attempted to operate the door. she watched him tie something to his waist with what she thought was rope.  Immediately upon takeoff. First Officer Rataczak told him that the jet could only fly 1. Moments later in the cockpit. 30 miles (48 km) north of Portland. careful examination of the ransom and parachutes.   He initially was believed to have landed southeast of the unincorporated area of Ariel. most likely because of the weight of Cooper being released from the aft stairs.B.600 km) under the altitude and airspeed conditions Cooper ordered. before deciding on flying to Reno. who had previously been sitting with him.000 m) would curtail the risk of a sudden rush of air exiting the plane (and ease the opening of the pressure door) if he were to attempt to exit the aircraft for a subsequent parachute landing. He made threats to blow up the plane.000 feet (3. walked to the door of the plane and asked Cooper's permission to come aboard the plane. The crew was ordered to fly to Mexico City. nobody had ever attempted to jump with a parachute from a hijacked commercial aircraft. While the plane was being refueled.600 and 11. to go back to the cockpit and stay there. at a relatively low speed of 170 knots (310 km/h. Scott asked Cooper if there was anything they could do for him. and negotiations regarding the flight pattern and the position of the aft stairs upon take-off. Cooper became suspicious when the refueling had still not been completed after 15 minutes.B. Cooper had lowered the aft stairs and jumped out of the plane.The F. Washington. with the landing gear down and 15 degrees of flap.000 m) (normal cruising altitude is between 25.  They also agreed to fly on Victor 23 as depicted on the Jeppesen air navigational charts. Back in the skies After refueling. was puzzled regarding Cooper's plans. believed his descent was at 20:13 (8:13 pm) over the southwestern portion of the state of Washington. never to be seen again.  Before she went behind the curtain that separates the coach and first-class seats. and his request of four parachutes. Oregon ( 45°57 N 122°39 WCoordinates: 45°57 N 122°39 W). because the aft stairway "bumped" at this time. "No!"  Boeing 727 with the airstair open The crew started to notice a change of air pressure in the cabin (an "ear popping experience"). 200 mph). an altitude at or under 10. Cooper ordered the flight crew to take the hijacked jet back into the air at around 19:40 (7:40 pm).
who probed on foot and by helicopter.conditions from Continental Airlines pilot Tom Bohan.B. to determine that Cooper could not have known exactly where he would land. leading the F. and two of the four parachutes. or the two remaining parachutes. agents and local police. After a combined six weeks of searching the projected drop zone.I. the money.I. no trace of Cooper or his parachute was found. at approximately 22:15.  As a result. meaning it fell open and remained that way until the aircraft had landed.   Because months passed with no significant leads coming from anywhere else. conducted by the F. questioned and then released a Portland man by the name of D.000 feet (1.B. as the plane's 300 feet (91 m)-per-second speed in winds varying by location and altitude would make even small differences in timing move the projected landing point considerably. The airstair had not been designed for deployment in flight and was gravity-operated. An exact landing point was difficult to determine. They recovered a number of fingerprints (which may or may not have belonged to Cooper). the arrival of the spring thaw provided incentive for a thorough ground search. one of the most intense manhunts in the history of the northwestern U.200 m) above and 4 minutes behind Flight 305 placed Cooper's landing zone as much as 20 miles (32 km) farther east.S. the Boeing 727 landed safely in Reno. the moneybag.S. where Dan Cooper is described as being of Latin appearance. Army troops from nearby Fort Lewis. however. maintains that the sketch is an accurate likeness of Cooper because so many individuals.  Vanished without a trace Looping animation of how the 727's rear airstair was used by Cooper to escape.B. to create the sketch that has been used on wanted posters ever since. B. revealed no evidence related to the hijacking. B.B.B. it remains widely disputed whether Cooper actually landed outside the initial estimated drop zone.I.  .B. Because of a miscommunication with the media. agents boarded the plane to search for any evidence left behind. Others ran patrol boats along Lake Merwin and Yale Lake.   with the aft stairs dragging on the runway. This led the F.B. but its precise location remains unknown. agents with local Clark County and Cowlitz Countysheriff's deputies. the initials "D. After communicating with Captain Scott. interviewed simultaneously in separate locations.I. 2 Despite aerial and ground searches of the projected 28-square-mile (73 km ) landing zone in late 1971 and spring 1972." became firmly associated with the hijacker and this is how he is now known.  As of 2009. and F.B. the F. Shortly after the hijacking. a tie and a mother of pearl tie clip. Cooper. who was never considered a significant suspect. nor was his briefcase. gave nearly identical descriptions. Nearly 2½ hours after take-off from Seattle-Tacoma. those interviewed all gave nearly identical descriptions of him.I. as well as whether he survived the jump and subsequently escaped on foot.  Cooper was nowhere to be found. the F.I. Initial search efforts combined small groups of F. Teams of agents and soldiers searched the area virtually yard by yard for eighteen straight days in March and for another eighteen straight days in April 1972.I. who had been flying 4. and therefore must not have had an accomplice waiting to assist him upon landing. and no fewer than 200 U. it was determined Cooper was gone.I. The airport and runway were surrounded by F. The individuals with whom Cooper had interacted on board the plane and while he was on the ground were interrogated to compile a composite sketch.
In the months following the hijacking.  In November 1973. such as the Washougal River. and other businesses of the notes serial numbers. for example.  Upon the discovery. On February 10. theSeattle Post-Intelligencer offered a $5.860 of the recovered money. still bundled in rubber bands.000 to the first person who could claim to have found a single one of the $20 bills. generally agrees now that the money had to have arrived at the location on the riverbank no earlier than 1974.I. The Oregon Journal. including Scotland Yard. reportedly concluded that the 1974 dredging operation did not place the money on the Columbia's riverbank because Ingram had found the bills above clay deposits put on shore by the dredge. was with his family on a picnic when he found $5. then-F. it was proven that the money found by Ingram was part of the ransom given to Cooper. Geologist Leonard Palmer of Portland State University. approximately 40 feet (12 m) from the waterline and just 2 inches (5 cm) below the surface.B. Ingram's discovery of the $5.000 reward for one of the bills. which took only weeks for authorities to solve.   circumstances that in Some of the stolen $20 bills found in 1980. with the amount being a rough estimate because of the badly . lead investigator Ralph Himmelsbach declared that the money "must have been deposited within a couple of years after the hijacking" because "rubber bands deteriorate rapidly and could not have held the bundles together for very long. Washington.B. local law enforcement and the F.B."  However. Authorities eventually allowed Ingram to keep a split of about $2. the newspapers never received a claim of an exact serial number match. and offered $1. Furthermore.I.I.I. some scientists estimated that the money s arrival must have occurred even later. also received information on Cooper and the serial numbers.  After comparing the serial numbers with those from the ransom given to Cooper almost nine years earlier.  The F.B.000. a hunter walking just a few flying minutes north of Cooper's projected drop zone found a placard with instructions on how to lower the aft stairs of a 727. Brian Ingram. savings and loan companies. In late 1978.B. began publishing the first public listings of the serial numbers with permission from the F.'s belief that Cooper probably did not survive the jump. based in Portland. on the banks of the Columbia River 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Vancouver. 1980. for assistance with the case noted their belief that the money arrived at the beach as a result of a 1974 Army Corps of Engineers dredging operation. Some investigators and hydrologists have theorized that the bundled bills washed freely into the Columbia River from one of its many connecting tributaries. Northwest Airlines offered a reward of 15 percent of the recovered money up to a maximum of $25.000 ransomed $20 bills by notifying banks.B. The placard was from the rear stairway of the plane from which Cooper jumped.  Later. then eight years old. but the airline eventually canceled the offer as no new substantial evidence seemed to arise. involved instances of a perpetrator spending the traceable money only days after the crime and in the same general region of the crime.  Despite reported interest from around the country and several alleged near-matches.880 in decaying bills (a total of 294 $20 bills). also stepped up efforts to track the 10.I. the F. several area scientists recruited by the F.I. which originate or run near Cooper's suspected landing zone. had solved at least two major crimes a bank robbery and an extortion in the Pacific Northwest by tracing money serial numbers. in large part because of the unlikelihood that such a criminal would be willing to leave behind any of the loot for which he had risked his life.I. In the decade before the Cooper hijacking.880 reinforced the F.Meanwhile. all likelihood did not apply in the Cooper case.B. But both cases. Law enforcement agencies around the globe.
Colorado. 1972.B. On June 13. Texas sold fifteen of the bills to various buyers for a total of more than $37.. Richard McCoy. John List Main article: John List In 1971. and the F. . and gave the flight steward an envelope labeled "Hijack Instructions. custody on March 21. Jr. in accordance with Ingram's wishes. He was carrying a paper weight grenade and an empty pistol. based on his apparent knowledge of jet aerodynamics and skydiving. the rest of the money remains unrecovered. four months after Cooper's hijacking.000. Cooper parachuted from the hijacked airliner with  $200. refueling truck for the plane. The F. He left his handwritten message on the plane. 2008.B. believed that Cooper was familiar with the Seattle area. sketch of Cooper. Jr. deciding that no experienced parachutist would have attempted such a risky jump and the fact that Cooper chose an older parachute from the two which were packed in the craft. Richard McCoy.I.B. The serial numbers of all 9.deteriorated condition of the bills.I. List strenuously denied being Cooper. List's age. Suspects  F.I. which the F.B.I. initially believed that Cooper might have been an active or retired member of the United States Air Force.000. as he was able to recognise Tacoma from the air while the jet was circling over the Puget Sound.   He also instructed the pilot to land at San Francisco International Airport and order a The airplane was a Boeing 727 with aft stairs. later used to establish positive identification.B.B. which occurred only fifteen days after he had killed his family in Westfield. under the alias "James Johnson. agent Ralph Himmelsbach stated that List was a "viable suspect" in the case. along with his fingerprints on a magazine he had been reading. facial features. 2008.000.  List died in prison On April 7. He also remarked to flight attendant Mucklow that McChord Air Force Base was approximately 20 minutes from the SeattleTacoma Airport. the ideal choice. with age progression  The F. After his capture and  imprisonment in 1989. mass-murderer John List was considered a suspect in the Cooper hijacking. the same amount List had used up from his mother's bank account in the days before the killing.I. and build were similar to those described for the mysterious skyjacker." boarded United Airlines Flight 855 during a stopover in Denver.I. Jr.998 $20 bills that the hijacker was given were databased and placed in a search engine for public search. Main article: Richard McCoy. New Jersey. the Heritage Auction Galleries' Americana Memorabilia Grand Format Auction in Dallas." in which he demanded four parachutes and $500.  it later changed this assessment.B. Although the F.    F. no longer considered him a suspect. which McCoy used in his escape. has investigated over a thousand "serious suspects" and ruled out most of them. The other was a professional sport parachute.I.  As of 2010.
stopped investigating Weber in July 1998 because of a lack of evidence. F. the former chief investigator of the case.   The F.  In October 2007. Duane Weber In July 2000. agent Russell Calame coauthored D. On April 9." Weber also recounts a 1979 vacation the couple took to Seattle."    And when McCoy was directly asked whether he The agent who killed McCoy is quoted as supposedly saying. citing similar methods of hijacking and a tie and mother-of-pearl tie clip. left on the plane by Cooper.Police began investigating McCoy following a tip from Utah Highway Patrolman Robert Van Ieperen.I.S. after the Cooper hijacking. Karen Burns McCoy. "a sentimental journey. Cooper at the same time.I. compared Weber's prints with those processed from the hijacked plane and found no matches. The authors said that McCoy "never admitted nor denied he was Cooper.000. he had  revealed to her that an old knee injury of his had been incurred by "jumping out of a plane. saying McCoy didn't match the description and that he was at home the day after the hijacking having Thanksgiving dinner with his family in Utah.B. located McCoy in Virginia. McCoy was arrested for the United 855 hijacking. B." Duane told Jo.  In 1991.I." Richard McCoy." was Cooper he replied. and agent Nicholas O'Hara fired back with a shotgun.I. following the fingerprint and handwriting match.I. the F. It took three months before the F. Weber had served in the Army during World War II and had later served time in a prison near the Portland airport. McCoy fashioned a fake handgun out of dental paste. 1995. McCoy shot at the F.I. He had a record as a Vietnam veteran and was a former helicopter pilot. Kenneth Christiansen . killing him. Bernie Rhodes and former F. using his access to the prison's dental office. in which they claimed that Cooper and McCoy were really the same person.B. News & World Report ran an article about a widow in Pace.000.000 legal after claiming they misrepresented her involvement in the hijacking and later  settlement with the book's co-authors and its publisher. Special Agent Larry Carr does not believe McCoy was Cooper. who subsequently agreed that much of the circumstantial evidence surrounding Weber fit the hijacker's profile. Florida. had told her "I'm Dan Cooper" before his death on March 28. Weber related that she had checked out a book on the Cooper case from the local library and saw notations in it that matched her husband's handwriting. reached a $120.B.  Apparently. with a visit to the Columbia River. Weber (born 1924 in Ohio).B. Cooper: The Real McCoy. She remembers how Duane walked down to the banks of the Columbia by himself just four months before the portion of Cooper's cash was found in the same area. I shot D. the F. Duane L. He and a crew of convicts escaped in August 1974 by stealing a garbage truck and crashing it through the prison's main gate.B. She became suspicious and began checking into his background. U. "I don't want to talk to you about it. However. agents.    Jo recalled that shortly before Duane's death. instead of  $200.B.  McCoy claimed innocence. McCoy had made a reference that Cooper should have asked for $500.B. She began corresponding with Himmelsbach. but was convicted and received a 45-year sentence.B.  events from interviews done with her attorney in the 1970s. Weber recalled that her husband had once had a nightmare where he talked in his sleep about jumping from a plane and said something about leaving his fingerprints on the aft stairs. "When I shot The widow of Richard McCoy. Once incarcerated. named Jo Weber and her claim that her late husband.I. who was a friend of McCoy's.  stated that a partial DNA sample taken from the tie that Cooper had left on the plane did not belong to Weber.
as a possible clue to the hijacker's identity. This comic has been linked by the F. She also testified receiving several expensive gifts from Christiansen purchased when he was on layovers in Asia for the airline. Another witness.B. Testimony from an executive at the tug company disputed this claim. Christiansen had been identified as a suspect by Sherlock Investigations. but that theory was later discarded.B. and that they worked together for several years. Besides. titled Into The Blast . One picture in the book shows Christiansen in December 1971. had settled in Washington state near the site of the hijacking.S. 2007 issue of New York magazine stated that Kenneth P. Watson's ex-wife in Twisp." She also said Christiansen owned a toupée. ruled out Christiansen because his complexion. No one was going to ask about that to his face. height.  However. It was believed at first to be a self-portrait. It is known that Christiansen was best man at Watson's wedding in 1968. had purchased property with cash a year after the hijacking. drank bourbon and smoked (as did Cooper during the flight) and resembled the eyewitness sketches of Cooper. The article noted that Christiansen was a former U. and that she never saw him wear it again after the hijacking. testified that he saw the famous 'Dan Cooper' comic book by Albert Weinberg in the Day Room there. along with some personal papers. weight and eye color did not match the descriptions given by the passengers or the crew of Flight 305. hidden behind another picture. a new book released in April 2010 by Adventure Books of Seattle. He is carrying a briefcase and a paper bag in the picture . only socially. the F. and is dressed similarly to the hijacker.The October 29.  Nevertheless. Never questioned previously about Christiansen or the hijacking. This picture was discovered after Christiansen's death in a photo album. walking in through the front door of his apartment. Washington) testified that he was never friends with Christiansen and was gone for ten to eleven months at a time working on a tugboat for a company in Seattle. WA. The logbook for 1971 was missing. which he later hid. The sister (known in the book as 'Dawn J' from Fox Island. When the authors asked her why she never confronted him about it.the same items carried on board Flight 305 by the hijacker. It would have been bad manners.000 cash loan from Christiansen five months after the hijacking to put a down payment on a house in Bonney Lake. but that he never wore it at his airline job. unit J-3 at the Rainier View Apartments in Sumner. She also pointed out discrepancies in the . Army paratrooper. Watson's claim that he was never friends with Christiansen is highly suspect. He worked there and he was a nice guy. saying the usual length of time employees were out was no more than two weeks. Two of the key witnesses interviewed for the book were brother and sister. including a close-knit relationship on Shemya Island in the Aleutians while both of them worked maintenance there for Northwest Airlines. was familiar with the local terrain. Cooper offered new witness testimony and photographic evidence that claim Christiansen was the hijacker. a former Northwest Airlines employee. Washington) admitted receiving a $5.I. She testified that Watson had broken into her home shortly after Christiansen's death and stolen it. that Christiansen was a regular visitor to Watson's home in Bonney Lake. Rick Cochran. the communications officer on Shemya while Christiansen was stationed there. he didn t look like a criminal. about three weeks after the hijacking. she said she had suspected he was the hijacker for many years.B. Northwest employees often stopped in at the Day Room to hunt for new reading material. The brother was friends with Christiansen for nearly forty years. The authors now theorize that the picture was probably taken by an accomplice to serve as a personal memento for Christiansen. since there was no radio or television on the island. she replied. which shows a man on the cover parachuting out of an airplane. Washington (known as 'Katy Watson' in the book) presented a series of logbooks from the tug on which Watson worked from approximately 1965 to 1973.I. Washington.The True Story of D. The brother (known in the book as 'Mike Watson' from Sequim.
Watson would have taken all of the logs. his family discovered valuable gold coin and stamp collections at his house in Bonney Lake.B. 2010. claiming that her ex-husband had occasionally been collecting two paychecks from the tug company for a substantial period of time. safe deposit box under the name of William Gossett. two of the witnesses tried to deny everything they had said to the authors. who died in 2003. When confronted a few days later. Lawyer Galen Cook says that Gossett matches the sketches circulated by the F. William Gossett On August 4. and one agreed to appear on a program being filmed by the same company. The authors point out that these witnesses originally gave different estimates of the hijacker's height and that they could simply be wrong. By fleeing from the country. both 'Mike Watson' and his ex-wife 'Katy' each tried to point a finger at the other as possibly being involved. and stop just before the date of the hijacking. The authors of the book believe that if Watson stole the 1971 logbook. it was because the logbook could prove he was not at work the week of the hijacking. these same witnesses admitted that the things they had said were true. After Christiansen's death in 1994.B. Personal letters home to Minnesota by Christiansen state he was on the beach in Japan frequently on layovers. There were no clippings about the hijacking. or allowed to go back to the bank. A copy of Christiansen's 1993 drivers' license lists his eye color as hazel. The show airs in November. If that were the case.. Witnesses also said the hijacker had an olive complexion. and his own son also believed his father to be the hijacker. and then picked him up on the ground afterward. a college instructor from Ogden.British Columbia. for which he later sought treatment at one of the Puget Sound area Swedish Medical Centers. Watson left their home in Bonney Lake with a recently-purchased Airstream trailer and a station wagon and did not return until two days after the crime. and was well-tanned. After the release of the book on Christiansen. The authors think both of them may have been involved. Canadian Press reported that a Spokane. though the current treaty came into effect five years after the hijacking. they say. The authors believe that 'Mike Watson' was the person who helped plan the hijacking.remaining logs. When he did return. The ex-wife also testified that a few days prior to the hijacking. lawyer believes that the ransom money is stored in a Vancouver. not to hide his tracks about the discrepancies. Also. after they were contacted by executives from a History Channel-based television production company. Officially. transported Cooper to Portland. Gossett is alleged to have bragged to his sons about the hijacking and shown them a key to the safe deposit box. Utah. mostly based on the physical description given by witnesses. The trailer and station wagon were either sold by Watson soon afterward.  Gossett is also said to have confessed to two people. including  a judge and a lawyer. he had an unexplained foot and back injury. (The value of this is unclear given Canada's extradition treaty with the United States. the F.) Aftermath Effect on the airline industry . Washington. Cooper would be out of law enforcement boundaries. but in the picture they appear brown. even though Christiansen continued to work part-time for the airline for many years after 1971. and a folder of news clippings about Northwest Airlines. The clippings begin in the 1950s when he worked on Shemya Island. which were stored together in the same small box. 2008. During separate interviews for the book.I. does not believe the hijacker was Christiansen.I.
B. The Cooper parachutes were made of nylon. The dummy chute was not left behind on the plane.  . was popped open and the shrouds were cut and supposedly used to secure the money bag.  Investigators also believe that. released detailed information concerning some of the evidence in their possession. In the fact sheets. Earl Cossey. Investigators reached their official conclusion after consulting with Cossey and other parachute experts.The hijacking caused major changes in commercial flight safety.B. to reevaluate this claim.  F. Alaska and saw copies of the comic in the Day Room. the Federal Aviation Administration required that all Boeing 727 aircraft be fitted with a device known as the "Cooper vane".  The F. 2007. issued a press release online containing never before seen photos and fact sheets in an attempt to trigger memories or useful information regarding Cooper's identity. On December 31.B.I. A property owner was in the process of making a private road with a bulldozer when the blade caught some cloth.I.B.B.I. examined the newly found chute and on April 1. The other reserve parachute.I.B. and his children pulled the cloth until the canopy lines appeared. a mechanical aerodynamic wedge that prevents the airstair or rear stairway of an aircraft from being lowered in flight.  Renewed F.B. it just didn't look like it was the right kind of parachute in any way..I. spokeswoman Robbie Burroughs.I.B. Investigators said that no experienced paratrooper or skydiver would attempt a jump during a rainstorm with no light source. later made a press release confirming Cossey's findings. Washington. announced that it was in possession of a parachute recovered from a field in northern Clark County.I.52. which cost $18. which was a functional parachute. several related flight safety rules set in place by the FAA.B.  While it was initially believed that Cooper must have had training to have performed such a feat. 2008. unlike the new chute that was recovered which is made of silk and most likely made around 1945.B.I.I.B. mainly in the form of metal detectors added to the airports by the airline companies. the F.  The F. and modifications made to the Boeing 727 aircraft. Authorities inadvertently supplied Cooper with a "dummy" reserve chute an unusable parachute that is sewn shut for classroom demonstration.  This piece of information had been revealed in a 1979 episode of TVdocumentary series In Search of. the F. which they had not revealed to the public before. displayed Cooper's 1971 plane ticket from Portland to Seattle. and some theorize Cooper did not realize it was not functional. interest and new evidence On November 1. even if Cooper  was in a hurry to escape. This is referenced in the new book on the Cooper case by Adventure Books of Seattle.I. 2008 said that "absolutely.I. a French-Canadian comic book hero who is a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and is depicted parachuting on the cover of one issue.  Further digging at the site in southwestern Washington turned up no indication that it could have been Cooper's. the man who provided the four parachutes that were given to Cooper by the F. later analysis of the chain of events led the F. "From the best we could learn from the people we spoke to. an experienced jumper or paratrooper would have stopped to inspect his chutes. the F. On March 24. near the town of Amboy. This is supported by an interview in the book conducted with a communications officer who worked on Shemya at the same time as Christiansen.. who note that Kenny Christiansen worked for three and a half years on Shemya Island. the F. Special Agent Larry Carr has theorized that Cooper took his alias from Dan Cooper. for sure" it could not have been one of the four that he supplied in 1971... Following three similar but less successful hijackings in 1972. It also revealed that he requested four parachutes two main back chutes and two reserve chest chutes. 2007." said F. withdrew its previous theory that Cooper was either an experienced skydiver or paratrooper.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.