Kolkata: Dan Cooper, the name is still a scare for US detectives. US army and FBI also has been failed to solve the Dan Copper Mystery. Many detectives engaged but there is no solution at all. But the question is, who is Dan Cooper? What is the case and why all are failed to solve the case? Yes, your guess is absolutely right. Dan Cooper or DB Cooper is an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971. He extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and protracted FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or identified.
After fail of all investigation, US declared Dan Cooper is the King of thief. The aviation mystery of Boeing 727 aircraft hijack has been left unsolved for almost half a century. The US department gives up all hopes in 2016. Now the story of hijack is given below-
Aged in his 40s, DB or Dan Cooper hijacked a flight in America in 1971 before disappearing without a trace. The smartly dressed man wore a business suit as he boarded the Northwest Orient Airlines flight in Portland, Oregon, on November 24 that year. He donned dark sunglasses as he ordered bourbon then lit up a cigarette.
Soon after the plane took off for its destination of Seattle, Cooper handed a note to Florence Schaffner. The 23-year-old flight attendant read that the plane she was travelling on was being hijacked. Using the threat of a bomb in his suitcase, Cooper had written demands for $200,000 in cash (£132,000), which would have an approximate value of £970,560 today.
The note read, “I HAVE A BOMB IN MY BRIEFCASE. I WILL USE IT IF NECESSARY. I WANT YOU TO SIT NEXT TO ME. YOU ARE BING (sic) HIJACKED.” His other requests included four parachutes when they landed in Seattle, a fuel truck on standby at the airport and a second flight after that to Mexico City. The FBI was waiting to provide Cooper with his demands as the plane touched down.
All 36 passengers were allowed to disembark but the pilot was ordered to fly Cooper to Mexico.The hijacker wouldn’t let the pilot fly him higher than 10,000ft, and when the plane neared Nevada for a fuel pitstop, Cooper opened the rear door and parachuted out. No trace of Cooper, alive or dead, has ever been found, but there have been a few potential clues along the way. In 1980 an eight-year-old boy in Washington uncovered cash that matched the serial numbers of some of Cooper’s ransom money.
Over the years, the FBI has applied numerous new and innovative investigative techniques, as well as examined countless items at the FBI Laboratory but all investigation failed. Originally, FBI investigators believed Cooper must have been an experienced skydiver, possibly with military experience. No experienced parachutist would have jumped in the pitch-black night, in the rain, with a 200-mile-an-hour wind in his face, wearing loafers and a trench coat. It was simply too risky. He also missed that his reserve chute was only for training and had been sewn shut – something a skilled skydiver would have checked, FBI said in a statement. Almost a decade later, the thief remains at large.
The case since then unsolved and the mystery remains mystery. FBI failed but never gives up. They also said that we are trying to solve the greatest of great unsolved mystery. But in a word, this is the greatest failure of US history. Although US Army, FBI has been achieved a great success to neutralize terrorist Osma Bin Laden.
Reported By- Manab Guha
Edited By- Piku Mukherjee