FBI Investigating Whether Parachute Was Hijacker D.B. Cooper's

FBI Special Agent Robbie Burroughs stands with the parachute found in North Clark County, Wash on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. The FBI is working to find out if it is linked to the infamous DB Cooper case from 1971 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)
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Seattle (AP) The FBI says it's analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found by children in Washington state to see whether it was used by legendary plane hijacker D.B. Cooper.

Officials say children in Amboy, in southwest Washington, found the chute sticking up from the ground this month.

FBI agent Larry Carr says they pulled on the fabric as much as they could, then cut the ropes. They had seen recent media coverage of the Cooper case and urged their father to call the FBI.

Cooper hijacked a northwest orient airlines plane from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle in 1971, got $200,000 and asked to be flown to Mexico. He parachuted from the plane somewhere near the Oregon Border, and officials doubt he could have survived.

Some of the money was found in 1980. But if Cooper landed near Amboy and stashed the money bag there, there's no way it could have naturally reached the place where it was found.