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Pat Shingleton: "A Bail-Out..."

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago November 24, 2013 Nov 24, 2013 Sunday, November 24 2013 November 24, 2013 11:00 PM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Thanksgiving week could find episodes of tricky travel. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, one passenger complicated one flight. Over the Pacific Northwest, D.B. Cooper opened the aft door of a Northwest Airlines Jet and jumped into 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 departed. He then ordered that the cabin not be pressurized and he bailed-out. On Thanksgiving Day, 1971, the rugged Washington State forest was extensively searched. D.B. Cooper was never officially located.

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