He was described by passengers and flight attendants as a man in his mid-40s, wearing a dark suit, black tie with a mother-of-pearl tie-clip, and a neatly-pressed white collared shirt.
However, the last entry on the ship’s daily log reveals nothing unusual, and inside the ship, all appeared to be in order.
Theories over the years have included mutiny, pirate attack, and an assault by giant octopus or sea monster.
On February 26, searchers found the hikers’ abandoned tent, which had been .
Surrounding the area were footprints left by the group, some wearing socks, some wearing a single shoe, some barefoot, all of which continued to the edge of a nearby wood.
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On the first night of February 1959, nine ski-hikers died mysteriously in the mountains of what is now Russia.
The night of the incident, the group had set up camp on a slope, enjoyed dinner, and prepared for sleep—but something went catastrophically wrong because the group never returned.
Supplies on board were ample enough for six months, and luxurious—including a sewing machine and an upright piano.
Commentators generally agree that to precipitate the abandonment of a seaworthy ship, some extraordinary and alarming circumstance must have arisen.
Cooper (whom the media mistakenly referred to as “DB Cooper”) was never seen or heard from again.