The Disappearance of D.B. Cooper

By | June 14, 2019

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D.B. Cooper mystery. Source: (

One of the longest manhunts in FBI history was for a man by the alias of Dan Cooper, later referred to as D.B. Cooper. After hijacking a plane and parachuting out with the ransom money, he disappeared and was never seen or heard from again.

It began on the afternoon of November 24, 1971, when an ordinary-looking man who called himself Dan Cooper purchased a one-way ticket for flight 305 from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, Washington. The man was described as being in his mid-40s, about six feet tall and 170 pounds. He wore a dark suit with a white shirt, black tie, and sunglasses, and drank bourbon and soda while waiting for the flight to take off.  

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A 1972 FBI composite drawing of D. B. Cooper. Source: (

Everything was business as usual until he handed the flight attendant a note demanding $200,000 and telling her to sit with him. The flight attendant sat down, and the man opened his briefcase to show her that it contained red cylinders, wires, and a battery. He told her it was a bomb and sent her to the cockpit with his ransom demands. He wanted the money in twenty-dollar bills and four parachutes. The pilot, William Scott, contacted Seattle-Tacoma Airport air traffic control and informed them of the situation and they contacted the local police and FBI.