Parachute Didn't Belong to DB Cooper, FBI Says

Agents say newly found chute wasn't used by legendary hijacker
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2008 9:37 PM CDT
FBI Special Agent Robbie Burroughs looks at the date on the parachute found in North Clark County, Wash.    (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)
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(Newser) – The FBI says a parachute found along a dirt road in Washington state didn’t belong to legendary hijacker DB Cooper, the AP reports. After talking to parachute experts and examining the site, agents concluded that the chute wasn’t used in the nation’s only unsolved hijacking. Cooper made away with $200,000 when he jumped off the plane in 1971, but investigators doubt he survived the leap.

The man who packed the four parachutes that were given to Cooper mid-flight told the Columbian of Vancouver that the newly found chute “absolutely, for sure” wasn’t Cooper’s. “The DB Cooper parachute was made of nylon,” he said. “This 1945 parachute was made of silk.” FBI agents found more fabric and parachute lines where the chute was discovered last month, but no harness was uncovered. (Read more FBI stories.)