|Quoting Dw9115 (Reply 4):|
Does anyone know if Boeing made the changes on their own or was there pressure from the FAA or the Airlines to make the change?
|Quoting OttoPylit (Reply 2):|
And yes, there is a little piece of metal on the outside of the rear airstairs of any aircraft after then, not just the 727, but any aircraft with rear airstairs(DC-9, MD-88 equip) that locks into place once the airflow flows past it and they cannot be opened.
|Quoting Tod (Reply 10):|
A common misconseption. It was actually $250,000 according to my Dad. He was a mechanic at NW and loaded the money that the FBI gave him into a NW carry-on bag.
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|Quoting Legion242 (Reply 13):|
How did they get the money to him?
|Quoting SlamClick (Reply 14):|
The likely location of his departure from the airplane was just north of Mount St. Helens
|Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 9):|
I would also suspect that during later production runs or at heavy MX, some sort of electrical/mechanical lock was also put in to prevent the stair door use while the a/c is moving
|Quoting Tod (Reply 15):|
The money was handed to him in a NW carry-on bag at SEA by an FBI agent.
The FBI proposed having the agent shot Cooper with a gun inside the bag with the agent's hand on the gun via a hole cut in the end. NW vetoed this plan.
|Quoting Duke (Reply 17):|
but substituted a stun gun or similar instrument
|Quoting RIXrat (Reply 19):|
They took off again, then Cooper ordered the lowering of the back exit and then he jumped
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