The Hijacking 🛫:
In 1971, a man using the name "Dan Cooper" (mistakenly referred to as "D.B. Cooper" by the media) boarded Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 from Portland to Seattle.
The Ransom Note 📜:
While in-flight, Cooper handed a stewardess a note claiming he had a bomb. He demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes.
Release and Further Demands 🛬:
After receiving his ransom and parachutes in Seattle, he released all passengers, keeping some crew members on board. He instructed the plane to fly towards Reno, Nevada.
The Daring Escape 🪂:
Somewhere above the dense forests of the Pacific Northwest, Cooper parachuted out with the money. Despite extensive searches, he was never found.
The Buried Cash Discovery 🌲💵:
In 1980, a boy found a portion of the ransom buried by the Columbia River. This raised more questions than answers. Did Cooper survive? Why was the money there?
Theories and Speculations 🕵️♂️:
1. Cooper Didn't Survive: The jump was too risky, and he perished.
2. Intentional Distraction: Cooper deliberately left some cash to mislead or send a message.
3. Found by Someone Else: Another individual discovered and buried the cash.
Unsolved Mystery 🧩:
Despite being one of the FBI's most extensive investigations, Cooper's true identity and fate remain unknown. The case was officially closed in 2016.