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Fighter jets escort Seattle-bound flight in hijack scare

A Seattle-bound flight from Hawaii landed safely, and on time, Thursday night after U.S. military jets were ordered to escort it because of hijacking concerns, NBC has learned. 

FBI sources say the Honolulu field office of the bureau received a call, from the ground, stating that an individual aboard the flight was going to hijack the plane.


The North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, called in fighter jets from the Oregon National Guard which flew alongside Alaska Air flight 819 from Kona until it landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at about 7 p.m. (10 p.m. ET).

FBI agents met the plane when it landed in Seattle, and the individual was taken off the plane without incident, according to NBC-affiliate in Seattle, KING 5.

One individual is in FBI custody at this hour being questioned by agents, the report said.

According to Alaska Airlines officials, that individual slept through most of the flight, nothing out of the ordinary happened onboard and the crew did not perceive any danger.

The FBI says there is also no danger at the Seattle airport.