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FBI investigating hijacking hoax involving Alaska Airlines flight

January 18, 2013|By Michael Muskal

Military jets scrambled Thursday night and escorted a flight from Hawaii to Seattle after receiving a hoax call that there was a hijacker aboard.

The FBI interviewed one of the passengers aboard the Alaska Airlines flight from Kona, Hawaii, but no arrest was expected, officials told reporters, according to the Associated Press.

The incident was being investigated as a hoax,  FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told reporters there.

Two F-15 jets from the Oregon Air National Guard escorted Flight 819 in to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a threat call was received at the Honolulu FBI office in the afternoon.

Authorities in Seattle boarded the plane and took the cooperative passenger off.

Specially trained dogs searched the plane for explosives, but none were found.


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