POSTED: 9:24 p.m. HST, Feb 20, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 5:26 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.