The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 26, 1971 · 14
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I f THE SIORVTXG CAIX, ARrntewa, ftH Frir. Jfw. tl. ItU Search Extends Over 4 States for Parachuting Hijacker SEATTLE, W.-sK (AP) -FBI agents in four states searched Thursday lor middle-iged man who comandeered a jetliner carrying 36 persons, was paid $200,000 ransom and then apparently made an unprecedented hijacking escape by parachute, . ' ' Officials said they believed the hijaeker, who was not identified, bailed out of the plane as it flew from Seattle to Reno, Nev. The search for him extended across Washington, Oregon, Nevada and into Northern California. . The Northwest Airlines Boeing 727 jet was commandeered between Portland, Ore., "and Seattle Wednesday, It landed in Reno Wednesday night with no trace of the hijacker aboard. If the hijacker successfully parachuted from the plane it would be the first such instance in the history of hijacked air-, liners. The $200,000 ransom (money paid the man was be- Jlieved to be the largest such sum ever delivered to a hijack-!er, an FBI spokesman said. . The FBI in Reno said the hi-(jacker, dressed in a business j suit, wore dark glasses throughput the flight and told the crew he had dynamite in a briefcase he was carrying. He demanded the money ana four parachutes while the plane refueled in Seattle, then ordered !the jet to fly below 10,000 feet ' altitude and with its rear stair-jwell lowered en route to Reno. I The 36 passengers and two 'stewardesses were allowed to Air Pirate Knew Planes, Parachuting SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - The man who hijacked the Northwest Airlines jetliner Wednesday night apparently was quite familiar with aircraft and parachuting techniques, officials said Thursday, The hijacker, who received $200,000, is believed to have made an unprecedented escape by parachuting from the Boeing 727 as it flew from Seattle to Reno, Nev. A spokesman for the Boeing Co. said the plane probably was the only type of commercial airliner from which such a parachute jump could be made successfully. , The 727 has a passenger stair ramp that drops vertically from the tail of the plane. The hijacker ordered the plane to fly to Reno with the stairwell down. "It would be a very safe drop," said John Wheeler of the Boeing Co. "He'd be away from the flaps and other engines and go straight down." The hijacker ordered the crew to fly the plane at an altitude below 10,090 feet. That altitude permitted the plane to fly with the cabin open and depress-urized. The hijacker also made certain the jet would be cruising at slower than normal speeds by ordering landing gear down and flaps canted. A federal official acquainted with parachute jumping said the type of parachute used by the hijacker would be a factor in the success of his attempt. The hijacker first ordered two parachutes, which were brought to the airport from MeChord Air Force Base. After the military chutes were delivered, the hijacker ordered two more. Airlines officials did not say whether the hijacker specified particular parachutes, but the second set was obtained at a skydiving field east of Seattle. A sports chute, the federal official said, would allow a man to free fall several thousand feet before opening the parachute. A military model, though, must be opened with a static cord affixed to the airplane. It would pop the chute open after the jumper had fallen about 200 feet, he said. Three Air Force jets followed the hijacked airliner from Seattle to Reno. Officials would not say whether the pilots had seen a chute open, but the federal spokesman indicated the hijacker could have dropped from the plane unobserved only if he had free fallen with the sport chute. Two of the four parachutes were found still on the plane when it landed Thursday night in Reno. f BI officials refused to say what type of chutes they were. Din-Maddened Paris Girds For Battle on Noisemakers PARIS (AP) - The French capital is girding for a new battle against noise. It suffers more from the din than most American cities because nearly every neighborhood is residential. "A single noisy motorcycle in the middle of the night can wake up 200,000 people," laments Pierr Godard, chief of hygiene and public safety of the Paris police. "If tomorrow we had the best laws in the world, the best evidence-producing techniques, and the best court system, we would still have to work hard all the time to catch violators red-handed." New laws are coming, along with more coercive penalties. Police are seeking better ways to get evidence. "But, until then, we have to take the bull by the horns and prod noisemakers any way we can," Goddard declared. "And it isn't easy. You can't measure noise in meters and liters. Motorcycles, airplanes and construction equipment are earmarked for special attention in a bill going to Parliament next April. An ultimate weapon is un der consideration: banning the sale of all vehicles foreign or domestic that fail to meet noise-pollution standards. "What's more," says Godard, "these regulations should be in-ternational," Loud exhaust penalties vary widely in France, Mere noisy driving, or insufficiently muffled engines the case with many motorcycles can bring fines of only $2.70-$5.40. If the exhaust system is defective, the cost can soar to $21.60. The policeman can hold the registration card until official inspection proves repairs have been made. "The trouble is in laying hands on the offender, and proving that noise was made," said Godard. "Noise strikes different people differently. And a sound meter is no cure-all, I don't care what the technicians say." Lost 50 Years, Wallet Found Minus Money PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -Everett Webb got his wallet back Wednesday about 50 years after he lost it. The wallet was found in one of the walls on the first floor of Wilson Hall on the Washington State University campus. It dropped out as contractors were doing remodeling work. Webb, who retired from the WSU faculty in 1964 and still lives here, said he was a sophomore at the school when the wallet disappeared. There was no money in it but there was a Washington driver's license that was issued on Aug. 11, 1921. (leave the plane at Seattle. Four crew members remained on bo?rd. I When the jet was searched at jthe Reno airport, the man, the1 j money, the briefcase and two 'wachutes were missing, the FBI said. "There's no way he could have gotten off in Reno," said Harold E. Campbell Jr special agent in charge of the FBI there. "We had the airport covered. We know he didn t let off that plane." ine plane landed in Reno about seven hours after the hi jacking was first reported. A federal official In Seattle said the plane's route after it left here extended in a line almost due south over Portland, Eugene and Medford in Oregon, then to Red Bluff, Calif. At Red Bluff, the jet doglegged east, to Reno, said the official, whq asked not to be identified. Campbell said the hijacker "gave no destination" for the plane after it left Seattle. An FBI official in Las Vegas, Nev., said authorities believed the hijacker had parachuted from the plane by the time it reached Oregon, but an FBI agent in Portland said agents tneie were speculating the hijacker had bailed out oyer the Portland area. "Sure he could have jumped out here," said the Portland agent. "We're trying to pinpoint where the guy dropped." Airline officials said the hi jacker was believed to have boarded the plane in Portland for Seattle on the last leg of a flight that originated in Washington, D.C. Three Air Force jets trailed the 727 in its flight to Reno, but officials at MeChord Air Force Base near. Tacoma, Wash,, re fused to say whether the pilots naa seen a paracnute drop our ing the flight. Jack Keillor, Northwest Air line's district sales manager in Seattle, said the hijacker did not ask for any special bills when demanding the $200,000. Keillor would not say what denomlna tions were given the hijacker. FBI and airlines officials re fused to say whether the cash was marked or whether serial numbers of the bills had been recorded. Keillor said only that Northwest obtained the money "through local financial re sources" in Seattle. The four parachutes and the cash were delivered to the hi jacker during a 1-hour fueling stop in Seattle. The plane had circled Seattle for approximately Vh hours while airline and airport security officials worked to meet the hijacker's demands. The plane landed on a dark ened runway several hundred yards from the airport terminal The only persons allowed near the plane were fuel truck oper ators and a man who delivered the cash and parachutes. The hijacker released the oth er passengers and two stewardesses, but the captain, first and second officers and one stewardess were ordered to stay aboard. Puring the flight to Reno, all four crew members were locked in the plane's cockpit while the hijacker remained alone in the cabin, Northwest officials said. The captain, William Scott of Minneapolis, said during the flight that indicator lights in the cockpit showed the rear stairwell was being operated. A federal official in Seattle said the tower had communicated with the crew about 20 minutes after the plane departed, but officials would not say whether there was any further communication. Keillor said the 1 r I OF MAN J ; J hijacker did not acknowledge the crew's attempt to commu nicate with Wm as the plane was flying into Nevada. Keillor said the crew probably would be flown to Minneapolis by Friday for further debriefing by officials of the airline, the Federal Aviation Administration and the FBI, Besides Scott, the crew Includ ed Robert W. Rataciak, first offi cer; Harold E. Anderson, sec ond officer, and Tina Mucklow, stewardess. All were based in Minneapolis, The FBI in Portland said it would conduct a search around Amboy, Wath,, about 20 miles northeast of Portland. Julius Mattson, agent in charge of the Portland office, said the search by Army Reserve helicopters and light planes would proceed south irom tne Amboy area. "It's not a bad gpgt to land if the guy knows what tie'i doing," Mattson said, Therp are a number of small airfields in the urea used for parachute Jumping, he said, He said there was no evidence to indicate the hijacker was in the area, and that the FBI was trying to put itself in the hijack- er's place and figure where he w ould be most likely to bail ou . A Michael Cooper of Missoula, Mont., has been eliminated from consideration as the hijacker,1 the FBI said. A Northwest pas- i Isenger manifest indicated he jwas one of the 36 persons who 'left the plane. "Michael Cooper is totally and completely eliminated from suspicion in last night's hijacking," said John M. Reed, FBI agent in Butte, Mont. The FBI Wednesday night asked the smokejumping training center at the U.S. Forest Service's Missoula Center (or a check on a Michael Cooper. MONARCH lib. CONE-BLENDED 22SSave!!! L 3-8'oz cones only $3.99 31.39 single cone visit our showroom soon! Phone 439-8028 136N. 7thStreet Aentown,Pa. BREAD AND ROLLS Get 'im while they're still hot -"FRESH DAILY',',- Open Daily I Sun. 7 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. Ws Have The Shells And all the makings for the most delicious Pizzas in town . . . Ideal for when company orops in. 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