Fighter jets escort Alaska Air flight from Hawaii into Sea-Tac

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

NORAD scrambled Oregon fighter jets to escort an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona, Hawaii, to Sea-Tac Airport that was potentially the target of a hijacking.

FBI officials said the Honolulu field office received a call suggesting there was a threat to Alaska Air Flight 819 and that an individual onboard was going to hijack the plane, according to NBC.

After the flight landed in Seattle, FBI agents and Port of Seattle police escorted a man off the plane and detained him for questioning. But there was a possibility he was the victim of a hoax.

According to NBC sources, the man had slept through most of the flight and the crew on board said nothing out of the ordinary happened during the flight and they were never in any danger.

FBI officials said there was no danger at Sea-Tac Airport either.

More to follow.


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