On November 24, 1971, a man parachuted out of the back of a high jacked Northwest Orient Boeing 727 somewhere over Southwest Washington State, launching the mystery and legend of D.B. Cooper, America’s only unsolved aircraft highjacking.
Children playing in Amboy, Washington this month discovered an old tattered parachute. At the urging of the children, their Dad contacted the FBI. FBI agent Larry Carr overlaid the family's address onto a map made in the early days of the investigation and learned they lived right in Cooper's most probable landing zone, between Green and Bald mountains.
The FBI is asking for someone with expertise in parachutes to come forward and inspect the remnants they have to determine if it is the type of parachute used by Cooper in 1971, a Navy Backpack 6 with a 26-foot canopy, before beginning to excavate the property.
Is a major Pacific Northwest mystery and America's only unsolved highjacking closer to being solved, 36 years later?
If it is Cooper's parachute, will it just open more questions about how did the money discovered on the banks of the Columbia in Vancouver, Washington, $5,000 of the $200,000 extorted, back in 1980 get there from Amboy?
Do we even want the legend of D.B. Cooper solved?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Posted by Lew Waters at 12:53 AM