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FBI Releases Mysterious Letter Reportedly from Notorious Hijacker D.B. Cooper

FBI sketch of D.B. Cooper

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The mystery man known as D.B. Cooper sent a letter to newspapers after he parachuted from a plane in 1971 with $200,000 in ransom money.

The letter was among newly released documents about the hijacking case, which marks the 46th anniversary this week, Fox News reports

“I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught,” the typewritten letter reads.

“I didn’t rob Northwest Orient because I thought it would be romantic, heroic or any of the other euphemisms that seem to attach themselves to situations of high risk,” he continued.

He added: “I’m no modern-day Robin Hood. Unfortunately (I) do have only 14 months to live.”

Tom Colbert, a Los Angeles TV film producer, said he believes the letter is legitimate.

“We have no doubt it’s from Cooper and the reason is that he cites he left no fingerprints on the plane,” he said. “The reason that’s critical is because it’s absolutely true.”

Cooper, who is not the real name of the suspect, released passengers and crew members and then ordered the pilots to fly to Mexico. While in the sky, Cooper parachuted out the back door over Washington state.

The FBI ended its investigation last year without identifying the hijacker, acknowledging that suspect may have died during the treacherous jump.

Drunk Passenger, Miscommunication Prompted Fears of Hijacked Flight from Australia to Indonesia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunk passenger on a flight from Australia to Indonesia and miscommunication from a pilot caused fears that a Boeing 737 had been hijacked.

BBC reports that a passenger prompted the scare by trying to enter the cockpit, causing the pilot to send a distress signal.

The crew eventually handcuffed the man, who authorities identified as Matt Christopher, a 28-year-old from Australia.

“This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication,” Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official said. “There was a drunk passenger, intoxicated and aggressively behaved. He was trying to enter the cockpit, banging the door but he did not enter the cockpit.”

News of possible hijacking spread worldwide early this morning.

Hawaii Man Gets 18 Month in Prison for Drunk Dialing FBI About Nonexistent Hijacking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Consider this a lesson in drunk dialing.

A Hawaii man was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday for drunkenly calling the FBI and falsely reporting an airplane hijacking, the Associated Press reports.

Timothy David Hershman blamed the incident on alcoholism and anger.

“I screwed up really big time, your honor,” he said. “I’m really sorry for this.”

Hershman’s attorney added: “He’s an alcoholic and he gets stupid when gets drunk.”

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2 Somali Pirates Get Life in Deaths of S/V Quest Hijacking

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two Somali pirates involved in the hijacking of the S/V Quest, which resulted in the death of four Americans, were sentenced Monday in Norfolk, Va. fed court to life in prison.

Muhidin Salad Omar, 30, and Mahdi Jama Mohamed, who is about 24, admitted in the plea agreements that they participated in the hijacking off the coast of Somalia in February , but said they did not shoot any of the victims, authorities said.

“Somali piracy is a scourge on the world stage, and it continues to grow more widespread and more violent,” said Virginia U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride in a statement. “Armed attacks on the high seas carry a very real threat of death to those taken hostage, a threat that was tragically made evident in this case. That threat remains for hundreds of hostages held hostage in Somalia, and a life sentence sends a strong message to anyone who chooses to engage in piracy against U.S. interests that they will face severe consequences.”

“Muhidin Salad Omar and Mahdi Jama Mohamed will spend the rest of their lives behind bars, far away from the high seas they terrorized,” added Janice K. Fedarcyk, head of the New York FBI.

 

Passenger Aboard Detroit Flight: “I Heard a Pop and Then the Next Thing You Know Fire”

Yes, more than 8 years after the infamous Sept. 11, 2001 attack, the friendly skies still have the potential to be pretty darn scary. Here’s a Detroit Free Press account of the incident as told by some passengers.

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BY NAOMI R. PATTON
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

DETROIT — Most of the passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 seated near seat 19A seemed to hear it. A single, loud pop — like a firecracker — 10 minutes before the flight landed.

“I HEARD THE POP AND then the next thing you know fire …people running out of their seats,” said Syed Jafry of Holland, Ohio, was one of the first passengers off the plane, seated a few rows in front of the suspect.

“It was a fire, it wasn’t just a firecracker, it was a fire,” Calvin Kakar, of New York, said. He was seated a few rows in front of the man, a Nigerian national, now in federal custody after trying to set off some sort of explosive device. “We heard a pop and the next thing you know it was a fire.”

One by one, the passengers deplaned Friday with similar and various bits of the story. By all accounts, the suspect was immediately tackled by at least one man, and several other passengers ran towards him immediately trying to put the fire out.

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