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Parachuting Criminal

Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.

 

Puzzle ID:#18239
Fun:*** (2.86)
Difficulty:*** (2.5)
Category:Mystery
Submitted By:wizecracker55A****
Corrected By:MarcM1098

 

 

 



A man hijacks an aeroplane transporting both passengers and valuable cargo. After taking the cargo, the man demands two parachutes, puts one of them on, and jumps, leaving the other behind. Why did he want two?




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Comments

mosoh**
Jul 16, 2004

Clever
canu*
Jul 16, 2004

On 24 November 1971, "Dan Cooper" hijacked NW Orient Flight 305, released the passengers in exchange for $200'000 and FOUR PARACHUTES (reason given in teaser answer), had the plane take off again, and jumped, never to be seen again. $5800 of the ransom money was eventually found.
jimbo*au*
Jul 18, 2004

Maybe he knew that the plane only carried 2 parachutes so he got both of them, disabled one and jumped with the other so that no-one could follow?
(user deleted)
Sep 07, 2004

oooh, I liked it except that in reality, it may turn out to be different.
shortstopsmile
Oct 01, 2004

Wow. Never thought about that. I thought it was that he had to carry his suitcase with him....
almondgrief**
Nov 08, 2004

Interesting answer, but for some reason I thought the riddle went in a different direction where the plane carried "both passangers and cargo" meant there were 2 passangers and cargo was a third object... thereby making the "left the other behind" refer to the other passenger and not the parachute. Either way... clever.
babygirl35*
Dec 03, 2004

I thought the same thing to almond greif
alicewashere13*
Jan 03, 2005

i really like this one!!!!! 5 million thumbs up!!!!
trickart262*
Jan 05, 2005

This was tricky. I thought maybe he didn't want anyon else to follow. Good one!!
sccr0524
Jan 05, 2005

I still don't get it, but okay...don't call me stupid, I just didn't get it!
(user deleted)
Jan 26, 2005

Funny........that was a smart criminal!
naviana
Jan 29, 2005

chelsea_hope
Feb 18, 2005

That was smart! I never would have thought of that.
Riddler*
Feb 22, 2005

same here with almondgrief and babygirl35

except with the cargo

and i dont get it...

knightf3*us**
Mar 02, 2005

Great teaser dumbell! I missed the answer but enjoyed the journey!
dbeattie*
Mar 06, 2005

I thought maybe one of the "passengers" was really an accomplice. I read too much into everything! Nice job!
whaleycm*
Mar 28, 2005

very unlikely....can we get some realistic riddles...this would be something that happens in a cheesey Keauna Reeves movie.
cmt1214*
May 18, 2005

it was kinda lame!
sweetime**
Jun 15, 2005

why did he have to get the parachutes off officials? don't planes come with parachutes on them?
trickster2005Aus*
Jul 11, 2005

I read that one somewhere b4 but I still love it
FerretGirl***
Sep 22, 2005

A bit con4sing but nice!
stephiesd**
Nov 10, 2005

Just because you guys didn't like it, doesn't mean it's lame. I think it's a great teaser.
pinay**
Dec 29, 2005

good teaser.. short but sweet lol
trickyone*ca*
Jan 02, 2006

I heard this one before
Sherlock129*
Jan 11, 2006

I agree with canu about the "Dan Cooper" Incident. But I thought he was refered to as E.B Cooper. Anyways great teaser based on real story.
shadow-x*us**
Apr 03, 2006

ive heared this one b4 in a teaser book and it was easy for me
(user deleted)
Aug 20, 2006

good but even thou i thought it was going to be something else,, still a good answer
xdbtcpAus*
Mar 15, 2007

I thought he wanted the other one so he could take the chute out of the pack and fill it with the goods he was stealing...
7mi27Aus*
Nov 08, 2008

awesome teaser! I loved it!
elentirAus*
Aug 25, 2009

What officials would ever sabotage a parachute merely for theft? I really don't think that would be standard operating procedure.
katamaster*
Aug 25, 2009

This question was badly worded. I could not understand it.
crazy10manAus*
Aug 25, 2009

Sherlock -- his name is D.B Cooper, and it's one of the most puzzling unsolved mysteries out there.

I figured he left the second parachute behind to make others think that he had an accomplice on board who would follow later if need be -- or something like that.

Pretty clever.
triskelexAus
Aug 25, 2009

commercial planes carring passengers don't have parachutes!
glowtmickeyAus*
Aug 25, 2009

Hijacking is a different crime than theft.
bradon182001*us*
Aug 25, 2009

Interesting idea. Thanks for posting.
donquixote235Aus*
Aug 25, 2009

Interesting sidenote to the D.B. Cooper story, taken straight from Wikipedia:

"It also revealed that he requested four parachutes—two main back chutes and two reserve chest chutes. Authorities inadvertently supplied Cooper with a "dummy" reserve chute—an unusable parachute that is sewn shut for classroom demonstration. The dummy chute was not left behind on the plane, and some theorize Cooper did not realize it was not functional.[53] This piece of information had been revealed in a 1979 episode of TV documentary series In Search of.... The other reserve parachute, which was a functional parachute, was popped open and the shrouds were cut and supposedly used to secure the money bag."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.B._Cooper
elentirAus*
Aug 25, 2009

"Hijacking is a different crime than theft."

I still don't think that any authority would intentionally risk the life of a criminal unless other lives were at risk. Unless this can be demonstrated, I think that making this assumption is far-fetched.
FatHeadAus*
Aug 25, 2009

Nice, very clever!
FatHeadAus*
Aug 25, 2009

To sccr: If the officials did think he was jumping alone, they could stop him easily by giving him either a fake parachute or one that doesn't work. Since he requested TWO parachutes, they both had to work, because he might be taking a hostage, and (of course) the officials couldn't risk the hijacker giving the hostage (if there was a hostage) a faulty chute.
xdbtcpAus*
Aug 25, 2009

I thought he wanted the other one so he could take the chute out of the pack and fill it with the goods he was stealing...
UptheHillA*
Aug 25, 2009

auntiesisAus*
Aug 25, 2009

Clever crook. Great teaser.
dalfamnestAnz*
Aug 25, 2009

I thought the second was so they thought he had an accomplice as yet unknown, and the officials would therefore not try to capture him. Close.
ramaprasanna
Aug 26, 2009

Fantastic riddle. Never could have got to the answer by myself.
KiraKatytus*
Nov 15, 2009

It's simple, really, to get the answer.
MusiK*
Jan 24, 2010

Smart smart
Babe*
Aug 26, 2012

Kirakaty and I got the answer. It was not that hard. loved it!
blargent
Aug 26, 2012

Stupid and lame
iggy39Aus*
Aug 26, 2012

I thought it was for the cargo. Hard one, but I'm not the brightest bulb around.



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