FBI confirms it: Parachute wasn't used by D.B. Cooper

VANCOUVER -- The FBI made it official today: the parachute unearthed near Amboy, Wash., was not used by fabled skyjacker Dan "D.B." Cooper.

The conclusion was based "on the totality of the information," Seattle FBI spokeswoman Robbie Burroughs said, and not just the opinion of Earl Cossey, the FAA-certified parachute rigger who packed each of the four parachutes that were handed over to Cooper on Nov. 24, 1971.

"Other parachute experts were consulted," Burroughs said, including some who steeped forward to help the FBI after the parachute's discovery was announced last week.

Cossey said Monday that the parachute he examined last week could not have been used by Cooper because of differences in fabric. The parachute laid on his garage floor on Friday was silk; the parachute packed for Cooper was ripstop nylon, Cossey said.

Burroughs acknowledged that FBI officials initially erred in saying that the parachute found near Amboy contained no identifying features.

After making that statement, a closer inspection found two pieces of information on the parachute: the date Feb. 21, 1946, and what is believed to be a serial number, 307551.

The date may be significant because Cossey said the parachute Cooper used was manufactured in the late 1950s or 1960s.

It's less clear how much help a serial number on any parachute might prove to be. Burroughs said the FBI does not have records showing that serial numbers for the parachutes were recorded before they were given to law enforcement officers who delivered them to Cooper.

The FBI credited two children with urging their father to call the FBI after the parachute was found on their property in early March.

"This is exactly what we were hoping for when we opened our investigation to the public," Laura Laughlin, special agent in charge of the Seattle division, said in a statement. "We are confident the case can still be solved with this new emphasis."


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