Kona man sentenced in hijacking hoax

Alaska Airlines

A Kona man was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Thursday for a prank call.

Last January, prosecutors say Timothy Hershman called the FBI and told them that a passenger on board an Alaska Airlines flight was going to hijack the plane. That was not true.

The flight was on its way from Kona to Seattle.

National Guard Fighter Jets had to escort the flight to Seattle.

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