The long-anticipated premiere of “Loki” made its debut on Disney+ early Wednesday, and while viewers tuned in to watch the latest science fiction offering from Marvel, at least one of the references was based on a real-life person.
In the show centered around the God of Mischief, played by Tom Hiddleston, Loki is taken through a vision quest by Mobius M. Mobius, played by Owen Wilson. While looking at Loki’s past, Mobius brings up one of his favorite Loki encounters.
In a replay of the vision, Loki is wearing a business suit and sitting on an airplane headed toward Seattle. Loki gives the flight attendant a note, and when she walks away, he tells her she should probably read it and says he has a bomb. It then cuts to a scene where he jumps off the plane and gets sucked back to Asgard.
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When the vision ends, Mobius says, “I can’t believe you were D.B. Cooper!” to which Loki replies that he did it because he lost a bet to Thor. While it seems like just another time Loki was up to no good, that scene is based on a true story, and one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in the United States.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Owen Wilson as Mobius in "Loki." (Photo: Disney+)
Who was D.B. Cooper?
The story begins on Nov. 24, 1971, when a man calling himself Dan Cooper bought a one way ticket to Seattle from Portland, Oregon. The FBI described him as “a quiet man who appeared to be in his mid-40s, wearing a business suit with a black tie and white shirt.”
When the flight was midair, he handed a note to a flight attendant and told her he had a bomb before showing it to her. She then took a note to the plane’s captain that demanded four parachutes and $200,000 in twenty-dollar bills.
The plane then landed in Seattle where the hijacker let all the passengers free in exchange for the money and parachutes. With some crew members still on board, the flight took off again, headed toward Mexico City.
What happens next is where the story gets even more mysterious. It’s not known exactly where, but before the flight reached Reno, Nevada around 8 p.m., Cooper jumped out of the plane with the parachute and money in hand. The plane eventually landed safely in Reno.
Artist's rendering of skyjacking suspect D.B. Cooper. (Photo: USA TODAY)
The FBI opened an investigation into the incident and still not much is known as to who Cooper was. There is no report on whether he made a safe landing or died, nor any information as to where he may be.
Over 800 people were deemed as suspects, with one man being the lead suspect due to a similar hijacking five months later. However, that man didn’t match the physical descriptions the flight crew gave of Cooper.
The FBI suggests that Cooper may have died before landing due to his parachute being unable to steer. It was also confirmed that a young boy found a package of twenty-dollar bills near Vancouver, Washington in 1980, that were the same bills given to Cooper.
With no hard leads, the FBI closed the case in 2016 and all evidence has been preserved at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The case is dubbed as “one of the great unsolved mysteries in FBI history,” and if the first episode is any indication, Loki may be the reason behind more of the most mysterious events in history.
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