Kona man admits to making plane hijacking prank call

Alaska Airlines

A 58-year-old man accused of making a prank call to the FBI about a plane hijacking pleaded guilty in a Honolulu courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Back in January, Timothy David Hershman made a phone call to the FBI saying that a passenger on a flight from Kona to Seattle was a “dangerous man.” At the end of the call, Hershman told the FBI should “help prevent a tragedy.”

Because of the call, an Alaska Airlines received a fighter jet escort. Upon landing, the identified passenger denied any knowledge of a potential hijacking plan.

The FBI’s investigation led them to Hershman, who confessed to making the hoax call because the other man had allegedly placed fish guts in his truck.

Hershman, who is originally from Kona, is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced October 7, 2013.

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