The story of Dan Cooper, the mystery that baffled America for 50 years

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He hijacked a plane and demanded a ransom and a parachute, and then jumped from it.. Dan Cooper is the man who confused America for 50 years

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Dan Cooper succeeded in executing one of the most amazing 20th-century robberies. Within a few hours, he managed to hijack a plane, obtain a ransom, and escape with an umbrella.

This happened in 1971 on a flight from Portland to Seattle, the Americas. It was supposed to be a quick and simple trip, and Cooper first appeared to be a regular traveler on a business trip, but it soon turned out to be the opposite.

Investigators are still at a loss; Despite having clear physical descriptions for men and a sample of DNA, many important questions remain unanswered.

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