Feds charge man in Alaska Airlines hijacking hoaxon February 21, 2013 @ 11:10 am (Updated: 11:42 am - 2/21/13 )
Two F-15 jets were called in from the Oregon National Guard to ensure that Flight 819 from Kona, Hawaii to Seattle, landed safely after the threat was called in.
The U.S. District Court in Honolulu has charged Timothy Hershman, 58, with making the false report.
The feds claim Hershman called the airline saying a man on board planned to hijack the plane. When that man was met by the FBI in Seattle, he said he had no idea what the agents were talking about and was questioned and released.
Federal officials began an investigation and determined the threat was a hoax.
Hershman could face a five-year prison sentence.
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