The mystery of D.B. Cooper's hijacking and disappearance lives on 50 years later in the Pacific Northwest

It has become a familiar story in the Pacific Northwest, if not beyond. As with so many infamous unsolved mysteries, just the name — D.B. Cooper — can raise the hair on a neck and inspire wonder.

Wednesday marks 50 years since a mystery man known widely as D.B. Cooper (“Dan Cooper” was the name he used for his one-way ticket) leapt from a Boeing 727’s rear stair door with $200,000 somewhere over Southwest Washington. It remains the only unsolved case of air piracy in U.S. history.

It began Nov. 24, 1971, when a man calling himself Dan Cooper bought a one-way ticket from Portland to Seattle on Northwest Orient

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