POSTED: 04:11 p.m. HST, Jun 13, 2013
A 58-year-old man pleaded guilty today to making a phone call to an FBI operator falsely claiming that a passenger on a flight from Kona to Seattle was dangerous and might hijack the plane.
Timothy David Hershman, a retired carpenter living in Kona at the time, admitted making the call from a pay phone on Jan. 17.
Hershman said he was in court because he was “sorry” for his “stupid” actions.
Because of the call, two F-15 jets from the Oregon Air National Guard scrambled to escort the flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Hershman now faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.