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Prosecutors say a Hawaii man who faces sentencing for a hoax airplane threat should pay for the fuel used by Oregon National Guard fighter jets that escorted the flight.

Timothy David Hershman of Kona is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Honolulu. A judge is expected to rule on the prosecution’s request that he reimburse the government about $72,000 for fuel and other expenses.

He pleaded guilty to calling the FBI last year saying another man was going to hijack an Alaska Airlines flight.

Authorities determined the other man was aboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona to Seattle. Two Oregon National Guard fighter jets escorted the flight.

Authorities decided the call was a hoax after questioning the other man for nearly two hours.

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