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Hijacking Parachuter From The 70's

Thu Dec 30, 1999 6:19 am

I cannot recall any details, so I wonder if any of you can. I seem to remember an airliner being hijacked in the 1970's. I think it was in the Pacific Northwest. Apparently, the hijacker parachuted from the plane with tons of money and they never found him. Does this event ring any bells? Maybe I am getting too old, but I remember reading about it.

Does anyone have any details?

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D.B. Cooper!

Thu Dec 30, 1999 6:33 am

Of course that rings a bell! There was a huge article on him in the previous month's issue of Airliners Magazine.

Apparently, he hijacked a NW 727-100, let all of the passengers and FA's deplane in SEA, and then ordered the plane filled with fuel, and 250,000 dollars in cash. Near the Columbia River (between OR and WA), he jumped with a parachute our of the rear airstairs, and like you said, never to be seen again! Then, a few years after he jumped, some of the $20 bills that he was given were found in the sand along the Columbia River...spooky!

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RE: Hijacking Parachuter From The 70's

Thu Dec 30, 1999 6:48 am

Yeah, that was the D.B.Cooper saga. He has turned into some kind of folk hero in the American Northwest. A large sum of money was found years later in the forest in the vicinity of where he bailed out of the aircraft, and was identified as part of the hijack loot. The mystery remains, did D.B.Cooper plant that money to throw trackers off the scent, to make them think that he had perished too. There was also a movie made of this but I can't recall the name of it. (like you say about getting old, me too) Peter.
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RE: Hijacking Parachuter From The 70's

Thu Dec 30, 1999 6:55 am

That does ring a bell. didn't he have in it like a gree duffle bag or somthing? and isn't this ironic, last on on the 1/2 comedy "News Radio" they were talking about that! for thoes of you who know the show, the FBI though that Mr. James was D.B. Cooper. So i though that was ironic since they were just talkning about that last night!
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RE: Hijacking Parachuter From The 70's

Thu Dec 30, 1999 7:12 am

The date was 24 November 1971. The 727 is the single most hijacked aircraft to date!

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RE: Hijacking Parachuter From The 70's

Thu Dec 30, 1999 8:29 am

As a result of that hijacking, I suppose, 727's were
installed with a little device on the tail, that when the
aircraft is in flight keeps the rear stairs from opening.
The little "latch" is blown into position while in flight.
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The Movie In Question Is..

Thu Dec 30, 1999 8:50 am

...called (I think) "The Pursuit Of DB Cooper". Starred Treat Williams and Robert Duvall, and let's not forget the always attractive Kathryn Harrold.

Pay careful attention to the opening credits, where they recreate the half-gainer off the aft airstairs of a 727-100 in-flight. If I remember correctly, the 727 was owned by Ray Kroc, developer oc McDonalds and owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team. Take a close look at the N-number, and team colors on the 727.
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