On the 24th of November in 1971, D.B. Cooper departed Portland on a Northwest Flight 305 to Seattle and handed the stewardess a note. She tucked it into her pocket, thinking it was the man’s phone number. Cooper called her back. “You’d better read that,” he said. “I have a bomb.”
Northwest agreed to all of his demands. At Seattle, he released the passengers in return for $200,000 and parachutes and had the crew take off again, this time heading towards Mexico. Somewhere before Reno, Nevada, Cooper jumped out of the back of the plane strapped to two parachutes and holding a money bag full of ransom money in his hands. He disappeared into the darkness and was never heard from again.
The case is still open at the FBI.
Who was Cooper? Did he survive the jump? And what happened to the loot, only a small part of which has ever surfaced?
It’s a mystery, frankly. We’ve run down thousands of leads and considered all sorts of scenarios. And amateur sleuths have put forward plenty of their own theories. Yet the case remains unsolved.
Would we still like to get our man? Absolutely. And we have reignited the case-thanks to a Seattle case agent named Larry Carr and new technologies like DNA testing.
You can help. We’re providing here, for the first time, a series of pictures and information on the case.
Forty-one years later, maybe they’ll get the lead they are hoping for.
And on the anniversary of his jump, on the 24th of November in 2012, these stunning photographs were taken:
And it isn’t much of a leap to work out who took them:
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I’m looking forward to seeing many more Saturday Scene in the next edition!