FBI looks into fake hijacking


Associated Press

HONOLULU — The FBI says it is interested in finding the person who made a crank call reporting that there was a possible hijacker on board a plane.

Special Agent Tom Simon in Honolulu said Friday shortly before noon that no one was in custody and no arrests had been made. But, he said, the FBI “absolutely” wants to know who made the call.

The call resulted in military jets being scrambled Thursday night to escort an Alaska Airlines flight from Kailua-Kona to Seattle. Once there, authorities took a passenger off the plane for questioning.

Agents talked to the unidentified person for nearly two hours and decided the call was a hoax.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said airport K-9 dogs then checked the plane and found nothing amiss.

 

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