For those of you born after 1971, D B Cooper is a legendary hijacker who has\nyet to be caught.\nOn the travel channel they show an interesting treasure hunt. The top 10\nlost treausers. D B Cooper came up as number one. After some 30 odd years of\nthis hunt, I have now realized what happened.\n\nFirst, D B Cooper is a fictitious name he chose to use for his persuit of\nhappiness.\nSecondly, he IS or was, trained as either a paratrooper or has extencsive\nmilitary jumping experience.\nQuestion: Why does a hijacker of an airplane release his hostages?\nQuestion: Why does a single hijacker request four parachutes?\n\nAnswer: He wanted no witnesses to what he was doing with the parachutes.\nThe parachutes, and a small portion of the money, were a decoy.\nNo trained jumper in his right mind would parachute over mountains laden\nwith trees of which he would undoubtedly wind up dead in.\nEven if he did manage to survive, he'd have a broken leg and a broken arm at\nthe least.\nSport parachutes were not readily available in 1971 which would have made\nhis landing more negotiable.\nSo what became of D B Cooper?\nSimple. When the plane landed he walked away from it from his hiding place.\nOf course, the FBI probably checked over the plane when it landed, but did\nnot do a thorough search because they had assumed cooper had actually\njumped.\n\nWhen the money was found years later in the oregon river, every one has\nassumed that cooper died in the jump. Which could not have happened because\nhe did not jump.\n\nOh and about the alleged jump itself? It's no big deal for a trained\nparatrooper to jump from a fast moving airplane at 10,000 feet altitude. If\nhe had jumped, it was a suicide mssion.