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Kona man indicted in alleged hoax prompting hijacking scare

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:26 a.m. HST, Feb 21, 2013

A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted a 58-year-old Kona man for an alleged hoax that prompted a hijacking scare on an Alaska Airlines flight Jan. 17, the FBI announced.

Timothy David Hershman was indicted on one count of false information and hoaxes, with a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

The U.S. District Court will issue a summons for Hershman to appear in Honolulu federal court in the near future.

The FBI said the charges are related to a Jan. 17 phone call made to the FBI that prompted the unfounded hijacking scare on the flight from Kona to Seattle, said FBI spokesman Tom Simon in an e-mail.

The caller told the Honolulu FBI office that a man aboard the flight was a possible hijacker, Simon has said.

Two F-15 jets from the Oregon Air National Guard scrambled to escort Flight 819 in to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and authorities took a passenger off upon arrival.

Agents talked to the man for nearly two hours and he was not arrested.

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nitpikker wrote:
give him the maximum sentence just for stupidity!
on February 21,2013 | 06:21AM
Kaluu wrote:
Hey, as a charter member of SPU, I resent that! Equal rights for stupid people is my motto. Did you know that universities still discriminate against stupid high school graduates? Did you know that stupid people can't serve in the military? Did you know that stupid people are barred from many occupations and professions, such as rocket science, heart surgery, computer programming and commercial aviation? Please sensitize yourself!
on February 21,2013 | 07:05AM
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