For the first time in 48 years, a man who sat just a few feet away from D.B. Cooper during the infamous 1971 skyjacking caper is sharing his remarkable story with the media. Bill Mitchell recalled to the Seattle TV station KOMO that he was a sophomore at the University of Oregon when he stepped onto the plane for what he thought was going to be a routine trip from Portland to Seattle. And, initially, that appeared to be the case until the pilot announced that they were having some engine trouble and, as such, they had to "run out some fuel."
Unbeknownst to Mitchell and the other passengers, the plane's engine was perfectly fine and, in fact, the landing was delayed because authorities on the ground were scrambling to get the money that had been demanded by Cooper at some point during the journey. At the invitation of the pilot, all of the other people on board the flight moved up to the front of the plane except for Mitchell and Cooper, who remained seated in the back. According to him, the skyjacker was situated on the opposite side of the aisle from him in the rear of the airliner.
More on Mitchell's amazing story at the Coast to Coast AM website.