(Mirror Daily, United States) – A team of US researchers is on the verge of cracking one of the most famous cases in the history of plane hijacking. Citizen Sleuths believes that the assailant who extorted $200,000 from the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the early ‘70s might have been working at Boeing.
Citizen Sleuths, a group of researchers from the United States, recently declared that that D.B. Cooper, the air terrorist who disappeared into thin air with $200,000 might have been working at an aerospace plant or, possibly for Boeing.
The team arrived at this conclusion after carefully analyzing a JC Penney clip-on tie which authorities believe that it belonged to D.B Coopers. Although no one can say for sure what happened to the man responsible for the ‘70s hijacking, Citizens Sleuths believes that they are one step closer to solving this 45-year-old mystery.
After carefully analyzing the tie using an electron microscope, the scientists discovered subtle traces of pure titanium, strontium sulfide, and cerium. In a press release, Citizen Sleuths declared that the particles picked up by the electron microscope rarely occur in nature.
As such, the only plausible explanation is that the tie must have belonged to someone who was working in an aerospace plant.
Their findings are also corroborated by the fact that during the ‘60s and the ‘70s, Boeing was working on the Sonic Transport plane. And those were some of the materials used to construct the plane’s airframe.
Although the FBI officially closed the Cooper hijacking case in 2016, Citizen Sleuths is still investigating the case, with the help of the Bureau, which gave them access to all evidence associated with the case.
For those of you who don’t know about the Cooper hijacking case of 1971, here’s a little rundown. During the Portland – Seattle flight of 1971, and unknown individual, later to receive the name of D.B. Cooper from the press, quietly left his seat mid-flight and announced that he was carrying an explosive device in his briefcase.
After several rounds of negotiations with the FBI, the Bureau agreed to pay Cooper the sum of $200,000. This is today’s equivalent of $1,800,000, to stand down. After receiving the sum, Cooper grabbed a parachute, opened the plan’s door, and jumped, never to be seen or heard from again.
Not even after 45 years of investigation was the FBI able to track down or establish the man’s true identity. Up until now, the Cooper hijacking case remains one the most baffling acts of terrorism in the history of plane travel.
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