The premiere of first episode of Loki, the new series of the Marvel universe, paralyzed the Internet again for its easter eggs. This time, the comics and other MCU movies weren’t the only ones referenced. One of the biggest mysteries in real life is also the strangest reference in this chapter.
In the scene where the reference occurs, Loki hijacks a plane in a very calm manner. Upon obtaining his loot, he parachutes into the air and disappears. Exactly the same was done by a person known as DB Cooper on November 24, 1971, in the United States. Despite all the FBI investigations, they never managed to find the person responsible for the kidnapping.
What happened that day?
According to investigations, DB Cooper purchased a ticket for Northwest Airlines Flight 305 to travel from Portland to Seattle.
As recreated in the series, upon arriving on the plane the person asked the flight attendant for a drink. Upon receiving it DB Cooper left him a note in which it read that he had a bomb on the plane and showed part of an explosive device.
DB Cooper requested $ 200,000 in $ 20 bills and four parachutes to avoid activating the bomb. When the plane landed in Seattle, the authorities complied with all his requests. The man later released the hostages and asked the pilot to fly to Mexico.
The story of the DB Cooper mystery was just beginning. On the way, at a point near Nevada, the man put on one of the parachutes, grabbed the money and jumped out of the plane, that was the last heard of him. In the series, Loki is teleported to Asgard, where he acknowledges that it was all a gamble with his brother Thor.
Theories about the disappearance
The investigation is remembered as one of the most complicated in history. Although several interviews, interrogations and even calls with alleged information were carried out, the testimonies turned out to be false.
After the passage of time the theories did not wait. Some of them claimed that DB Cooper was a professional paratrooper with military training named Robert Rackstraw, although this was never confirmed. Other people distrusted the story told by the authorities when they found it far-fetched.
One of the strongest points of the entire investigation was that DB Cooper was given poor quality parachutes by authorities, thus presuming that the man could not survive the fall.
The FBI concluded the case on July 12, 2016, 45 years after the events, without finding a culprit. More than 1,000 people were suspicious in what the organization called one of the longest and most exhaustive searches in history, a mystery that was revived with the Disney Plus series.