Wednesday, March 26, 2008

D.B. Cooper’s Parachute Found?


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.

MSNBC

Seattle PI

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?

2 comments:

Pogue Mahogue said...

"DB Cooper" had two identical parachutes in his possession. The one the kids found in the field near Amboy was the one he threw out as a red herring. The other one he was wearing when he parachuted right smack dab into the middle of the Columbia River. He's still wearing that one.

Lew Waters said...

Actually, the one found apparently isn't either of the ones given to him that evening.

Parachute found in SW Wash not likely D.B. Coopers

So, the mystery continues.