50 years ago: DB Cooper left Portland, jumped into history – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-11-24 13:00:00 –

KOIN, Oregon — Just 50 years ago, on November 24, 1971, the day before Thanksgiving, a man named Dan Cooper set foot at Portland International Airport. He bought it with cash for a $ 20 ticket for a one-way trip to Seattle.

He soon became the most notorious skyjacker in American history.

The reporter got a hint shortly after Skyjack, but misunderstood the name and wrote a story that named DB Cooper as a suspect. The story spread around the world, misnamed the country’s only unresolved hijacker.

NS CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported: “When I flew in Portland, Oregon last night, he was another passenger named DA Cooper.”

But a few years ago, FBI agent Larry Carr pointed out where the name “Dan Cooper” appears on the actual ticket purchased at the PDX Northwest Orient Airlines counter.

Upon boarding the 727, Cooper slipped a note to the flight attendants and claimed to have a bomb in his briefcase.

“He made me very convinced that we have a very realistic and terrifying threat,” said flight attendant Tina McLough.

When the jet landed in Seattle, Cooper exchanged passengers for $ 200,000 and four parachutes, demanding a flight to Mexico.

The plane took off again. Beyond southwest Washington, he struck a parachute — and money disappeared into history.

FBI agents search the beach sands of the Columbia River for additional money and clues in the 9-year-old DB Cooper Skyjack case in Vancouver, Washington (AP Photo / Reid Blackburn, file)

Extensive searches were concentrated around the town of Ariel and Lake Marwin at Woodland’s command post. Soldiers at Fort Lewis searched the remote area but found nothing.

Now it is believed that they were probably looking for the wrong place. The search was based on wind direction data recorded a few hours ago. The pilot also later said he didn’t stay on the track.

Almost everything the FBI has in DB Cooper fits in a cardboard box, including the tie that the FBI found his DNA in. The evidence is primarily what Cooper left on the plane.

“DB Cooper came from someone. It came from somewhere, you know, he didn’t miracle himself here,” Kerr said in 2008. “Someone has the information.”

In 1980, on a family outing on the banks of the Columbia River west of downtown Vancouver, an eight-year-old boy named Brian Ingram found some of DB Cooper’s cash.

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Part of the DB Cooper ransom found in 1980 (KOIN, file)

“My son ran up and said,’Wait a minute, daddy!’ So he scraped up the place in the sand, and it was there,” said Ingram’s father, Dwayne.

“It was neat and I found all that money,” Brian said.

Cooper’s ransom had a $ 20 invoice with a tracked serial number, for a total of $ 5,800.

Then in 2008, Brian Ingram auctioned half the money. “It was wet and they were sticking together, like pieces of petrified wood,” he said then.

But I couldn’t find any more money. And there has never been a trace of DB Cooper — no parachute, briefcase, clothing, or body.

The FBI now believes Cooper’s jump killed him — no matter who he really is.

“I’m no different than anyone else. I love good mysteries and want to go to the last page,” said FBI agent Larry Carr.

The DNA profile they have is partial. The FBI cannot explicitly say that someone is a DB Cooper, but it can use DNA to exclude someone. Many suspects have been excluded.

If they had Cooper cigarettes and whiskey glasses, they could get a better DNA profile. But they are gone.

In 2016, the FBI declared that it was not actively investigating hijacking. Over the years, people thought they had found Cooper’s parachute. The FBI confirmed with Earl Cossy, the man who provided the parachute.

But they can’t talk to him anymore. Earl Cossy was killed near Seattle in 2013.

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