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The FBI has just given up on this incredible 45-year-old mystery 'air pirate' case

After 45 years, one of the most extensive and expensive search operations in history, and chasing thousands of leads, the FBI has finally closed the book on one of the greatest unsolved crimes of all time.

FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement that “Unfortunately, none of the well-meaning tips or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof,” in order to catch the famous 'air pirate' known as D.B. Cooper. She added that they had found nothing that “resulted in a definitive identification of the hijacker,” and that “The FBI exhaustively reviewed all credible leads.”

The events of 24 November 1971 have gone down in history, being described by many as the perfect crime. So how did events unfold on that fateful night?

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