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"D.B. Takes the Leap..."

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Posted: Nov 19, 2012 5:43 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Delays. D.B. Cooper. Hijacking. $200, 000 ransom

Delays are expected at airports today due to wintry weather. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, travelers were inconvenienced because of one passenger. As noted in a previous column, over the Pacific Northwest, D.B. Cooper opened the aft door of a Northwest Airlines Jet and jumped into a sky filled with cold, freezing rain. Earlier that evening he handed flight attendant Flo Schaffner a hijacking note, opened a brief case to reveal a battery and wired red tubes. He demanded four parachutes and $200,000 in twenty dollar bills to be delivered upon landing in Seattle. All passengers were released, the plane refueled and took off. He ordered that the cabin not be pressurized. On Thanksgiving Day, 1971, the rugged Washington State forest was extensively searched; Cooper was never found.

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