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Loki: DB Cooper, who is the hijacker mentioned in the new Marvel show?

*Warning: this post contains minor vandalism to the first volume of Loki. *

Who watched the first episode of Marvel Loki may have caught a scene in which the God of Mischief is seen, in a flashback, hijacking an airplane under the name DB Cooper.

“Brother, Heimdall, you better be ready,” he said, referring to his brother Thor and the guardian of Asgard’s Bifrost Bridge before jumping off the plane with a parachute and a bag of cash.

“I can’t believe you’re DB Cooper,” says Owen Wilson’s Mobius character who fascinates Loki in this day and age. Loki told him in reply, “I was born and I lost a bet with Thor.”

In the show, this scene shows Loki’s naughty tendencies. But it also mentions a real-life plane hijacker whose identity has remained a mystery for 50 years.

On November 24, 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper boarded a plane in Portland, Oregon, bound for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington. Cooper was later misidentified in an early news release as DB Cooper, a moniker still in use ever since.

During the flight, Cooper gave a flight attendant a piece of paper that said he had a bomb. He asked for four parachutes and $200,000 in cash, which he received at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. There, 36 passengers on the flight were released, along with two of the three flight attendants.

The plane took off again at Cooper’s request. This time, it was headed for Reno, Nevada, flying at a relatively low altitude. Before landing, Cooper jumped out of the plane after lowering its rear stairs, according to Related press.

Cooper is believed to have escaped somewhere southwest of Washington. He was never arrested, although $6,000 banknotes with serial numbers matching Cooper’s cash were found in 1980 while a boy was digging on the beach along the Columbia River.

In 2016, the FBI told the Associated Press it was no longer investigating the case and did not want any further advice unless people found Cooper’s money or parachute.

Additional Associated Press reporting.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/loki-who-db-cooper-plane-b1863688.html Loki: DB Cooper, who is the hijacker mentioned in the new Marvel show?

Emma Bowman

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