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In Search of.....: D.B. Cooper

This episode chronicles the famous skyjacking of a Boeing 727 committed by D.B. Cooper. It investigates how the criminal pulled of the crime and speculates on whether Cooper is dead and alive based on the evidence available.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x11
Production Number: 850
Airdate: Thursday December 06th, 1979

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)



Nimoy recalls the case of DB Cooper who skyjacked a Boeing plane and allegedly got away with $200,000. Nimoy starts explains the beginning of the case. In Thanksgiving Eve , Flight 305 stopped of in Portland. A man identifying himself as Dan Cooper purchases a ticket for the last leg of the flight to Seattle. A 2:30 pm boarding began and Cooper got to his seat. Cooper then sent a note to the flight stewardess saying that he had a bomb. The stewardess told the captain who then communicated Cooper’s crime to the FBI and FAA. Unsure of whether Cooper was bluffing. Richard and Barbara Simmons, two passengers on the flight are interviewed and give their testimony about the events...

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Episode Notes
Near the end of the episode Nimoy says that not one dollar has been traced back to the Cooper skyjacking. However, in February 10, 1980, a boy named Brian Ingram found $5,800 of the stolen money while digging in Washington. The rest of the money is still missing.

This episode also serves as a classic example of the lack of airport security during the time which led to hijackings like these. If Cooper's briefcase and bag had been searched, security might have found the bomb he had.

Also the question of the authenticity of this being a real bomb is something that also isn't given a lot of time in the episode. Nowadays, security is aware of fake bomb threats being made to extort people out of money. The validity of Cooper's "bomb" then is something that also is part of the debate.

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