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Claim of hijacker aboard Alaska Airlines flight triggers response by F-15s

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Alaska Airlines flight 819 that took off from Kona, Hawaii, was escorted into the Seattle-Tacoma Airport by two military F-15 jets Thursday night after a caller told the FBI that a "possible hijacker" was aboard, USA Today reports.

After the plane landed, FBI agents interviewed the suspected passenger, but made no arrests. Seattle FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich told USA Today that after a nearly two-hour interview, the bureau is "not anticipating an arrest." The man remains unidentified. Dietrich said he was cooperative with investigators.

"I can tell you any threats or tips we receive we take seriously in case they're a credible threat," she said earlier. "We certainly get a number of calls that turn out to be not credible."

The agency will now focus on the caller who contacted the Honolulu FBI on Thursday afternoon. The F-15s called into assist were from the Oregon Air National Guard. Read more.