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50 years on, mystery hijacker’s mid-air escape still fascinates Americans

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Washington (AFP) – On the eve of Thanksgiving, 1971, a nondescript, 40-something man who called himself Dan Cooper approached the airport counter and bought a one-way ticket for the short flight from Portland to Seattle.  Within hours, he had strapped a bag holding $200,000 in ransom to himself — today worth about $1.3 million —  and parachuted off the plane, never to be found. Fifty years after his leap into the unknown, the case of D.B. Cooper — an alias spawned by the media — remains the only unsolved plane hijacking in the history of the United States. The US Federal Bureau of Investig…

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