The Washington Post reports that the FBI has closed the D B Cooper case. If the name isn’t familiar, it should be. You see, D B Cooper hijacked a plane, stole money and jewelry from those on board, then parachuted off, via the aft door of a 727.
The Washington Post describes the event:
The case began on the afternoon of Nov. 24, 1971, when a man who went by the name D.B. Cooper used cash to buy a one-way ticket on Flight 305, leaving Portland, Ore., bound for Seattle, according to an FBI statement.
By the end of the night, Cooper would vanish into thin air 10,000 feet above dense Washington State forestland with $200,000 in cash, appearing to pull off a heist so daring that he would eventually be considered the most notorious hijacker in American history.
I still remember the first time I saw a 727 with the aft-stairs lowered / deployed. My father explained to me that a man named D B Cooper had figured out a way to parachute off the aircraft, and because of that, there was some sort of locking mechanism that prevent the opening of the door when pressurized.
The fact remains that now, the FBI has closed the case. We may never know who D B Cooper was, or what happened to him.