13 Real Heists from Around the World

From Gadling.com:

D.B. Cooper is one of America’s most notorious hijackers, one that is still at large after 35 years of being on the run. On November 24, 1971 — the day before Thanksgiving — “Dan Cooper” hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 with a briefcase “bomb.” He handed a flight attendant a note saying “I have a bomb in my briefcase. I will use it if necessary. I want you to sit next to me. You are being hijacked.” With that, the flight attendant alerted the pilot who then relayed details of the situation to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The pilot was instructed by radio control to comply with Cooper’s requests: four parachutes and USD $200,000. Why four parachutes? Allegedly he requested the extra three for the pilot, co-pilot, and flight attendant as a way to insure they were not fake. Passengers were dropped off at the Seattle-Tacoma airport, in exchange for the parachutes and cash. Loot in hand, Cooper instructed the pilot to take to the skies again, this time headed for Mexico. Not even the trailing F-106 fighter jet saw D.B. Cooper as he jumped out of the slow-moving plane; it’s believed that he landed safely somewhere near Ariel, Washington. The Wikipedia entry on D.B. Cooper has a massive amount of information — everything from possible suspects to pop cultural reference.