What happened to D.B. Cooper?

An FBI sketch of the mysterious skyjacker “D.B. Cooper,” who pulled off a daring hijacking of a Northwest Orient Airlines jet between Portland and Seattle on Nov. 24, 1971.

On Nov. 25, 1972, a man who bought a plane ticket under the name Dan Cooper activated the rear air stairs on a Boeing 727 jetliner somewhere over Southwest Washington and disappeared into history.

Today the saga of D.B. Cooper — a wire service reporter bungled the purported name, but it stuck — is one of our region’s enduring legends and claims to fame.