What We Do Know
In 1971a normal looking man in his mid 40s purchased a one way ticket from Portland Oregon to Seattle Washington under the name Dan Cooper. After the flight that consisted of 5 crew members, 37 passengers took to the air; the man passed a small note to one of the two flight attendants. Flo Schaffner the woman who received the note simply ignored it and gently slid it in her pocket thinking it was simple piece of paper with the man’s phone number on it. As she passed by again Cooper stopped her and said she needed to read the paper because there was some very important information on it. The day before Thanksgiving in 1971 in dreadful weather $200,000 in cash, two parachutes, and one unknown man disappeared and not even the FBI knows what happened.
The flight attendant quickly went to read the note along with the other attendant on duty Tina Mucklow, and then quickly rushed to the cockpit to inform the pilot that a man says he has a bomb and has a list of demands or he will blow the plane up. David Krajicek brought up the point that “in 1971there was no threat of an in-air hijacking so someone could simply walk on to an airplane with very minimal security precautions” (Ch. 3). Cooper’s small list included $200,000 in unmarked Twenty dollar bills and two sets of a chest and back parachutes that would be waiting on him when the plane landed at the scheduled landing. Local Police, FBI, the Airline Company, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration Officials all agreed to go along with the demands. Before Cooper allowed the plane to land he confirmed that the cash and parachutes were waiting on him, along with person not involved with law enforcement to bring them out to him at the plane. Once landed he had Tina Mucklow bring him the money and parachutes, then allowed all of the members to leave the plane except the three members of the flight crew stationed in the cockpit and Mucklow. His next demand was to be flown to Mexico City,...
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