Prankster Called Wrong Number About Hijack

CLEVELAND (AP) - A hoaxer told the FBI he called a wrong number when he told a man he was on a plane that was being hijacked.

The hoax Thursday started when a man in Lorain, in northeast Ohio about 40 miles west of Cleveland, answered his cell phone and the caller said his plane was being hijacked, said Lorain police Lt. Richard Resendez.

The man called Lorain police, who notified the Federal Aviation Administration and FBI.

Meanwhile, traffic controllers determined that no airliner was in trouble, The Plain Dealer reported Friday.

The FBI was able to determine the origin of the call and Thursday night visited the caller.

"We interviewed the individual who made the call but did not make an arrest," said Bob Hawk, an FBI spokesman in Cleveland.

The FBI and police declined to identify the caller, who told agents that he was playing a joke on a friend and apparently dialed the wrong number. Hawk said the matter would be turned over to the Justice Department.

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