During the first chapter from Loki, the New serie from Disney Plus about the iconic villain of the Cinematographic Universe from Marvel, reference was made to a real-life case. It is about what happened with DB Cooper who, as shown in the production, hijacked a plane, jumped out of it and escaped from the FBI.
This is one of the most important security mysteries in contemporary history. What happened? How did a person hijack a plane and escape without leaving a trace, prompting an investigation that lasted more than 40 years? On Loki, of course, the approach does not lack humor.
That event marked part of the history of the United States. The legend of DB Cooper, as evidence was found but nothing conclusive was achieved, spread to the point that a journalist from The Washington Post referred it como Robin Hood.
As they explain in Loki, it all happened on Northwest Airlines flight 305. During the afternoon of November 24, 1971, DB Cooper bought a plane ticket to travel from Portland to Seattle, from the state of Oregon to Washington. According to investigations, this person paid in cash and waited until he was called to board.
When DB Cooper was seated in his corresponding seat, he asked the hostess for a bourbon and soda, as he also recreates Loki in its first chapter. Right after ordering the drink, he handed a note to the girl on the plane. Immediately afterwards, DB Cooper indicated that he had a bomb and proceeded to show the flight attendant a small piece of luggage, where you could see an object with cables, a watch and what, apparently, was an explosive mechanism.
The stewardess walked to the cockpit, to whom she handed the note. DB Cooper was asking for $ 200,000 in bills of 20s and four parachutes, in exchange for not blowing up the plane. Part of the plan was accomplished when the plane landed in Seattle: DB Cooper received the parachutes, the money, freed the 36 hostages on the plane and asked the pilot to take off again. Destiny? Mexico City.
Perhaps the most curious part of this case begins on the journey between Seattle and Mexico City. It is estimated that at some point near Reno, Nevada, DB Cooper took one of the parachutes, grabbed the money and jumped from one of the rear doors of the plane. That was the last known about him. Up to this point the moment is recreated Lokiby Marvel.
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and part of the FBI investigation
Faced with the fact, an investigation began that involved a huge number of people, letters and calls with alleged information in relation to DB Cooper. However, most of the testimonials and sources turned out to be false. Ralph Himmelsbach, the head of the research, was at a crossroads: where to go?
He did not find too many roads. During his investigation there was some hope when he found a package of 20 banknotes in bad condition and belonging to the series that was given to DB Cooper. However, nothing was conclusive.
Meanwhile, theories were emerging. One that DB Cooper was a professional paratrooper and he had military experience. Others were aimed at questioning the plausibility of the case. They suggested that the kidnapper must have been someone with little experience because of how far-fetched it would be to escape alive.
Little by little, the idea spread that DB Cooper had not survived. This was influenced by a detail: the parachutes delivered by the FBI were not the most suitable for jumping, much less to do it from a commercial plane, with characteristics different from those of combat.
The conclusion of the DB Cooper case
On July 12, 2016, the FBI issued a statement in it the investigation concluded without finding a culprit. The document describes the search as “one of the longest and most exhaustive” in the organization. It took them 45 years.
Part of the report states: “On July 8, the FBI decided to redirect resources dedicated to the DB Cooper case to focus on other investigative priorities. During the 45 years of probing, the FBI thoroughly reviewed credible leads, coordinated multiple search officers, collected all available evidence, and interviewed all identified witnesses. The evidence obtained throughout these years will be preserved for historical purposes at the FBI Headquarters in Washington DC ”.
As a curious fact, on January 8, 2021 Sheridan Peterson passed away, at 94 years of age. Who was he? One of the people the investigation linked as a suspect to be DB Cooper. To gauge the magnitude of the investigation, one piece of information: it is estimated that there were more than 1,000 suspects.
In the FBI document, the organization itself uses the word “mystery” to refer to the case. The first chapter of Loki, which can be seen through the platform of Disney Plus, offers an answer in this regard.