FBI agent ties flight attendant to second alleged hoax

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Posted: Sep 15, 2015 9:14 AM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An FBI agent says a flight attendant accused of fabricating a story that prompted an emergency landing in North Dakota has admitted to causing a similar incident on the East Coast.

Justin Cox-Sever is charged in federal court in North Dakota with interfering with the operation of an aircraft and communicating false information. Authorities allege he stuffed a bag with towels and reported it as a suspicious package making beeping noises.

The Dickinson airport was temporarily shut down Wednesday after the SkyWest plane traveling from Minneapolis landed.

FBI Special Agent Daniel Genck says in court documents that Cox-Sever also admitted to fabricating a bomb threat on a July 7 flight from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Chicago. The flight was diverted back to Charlottesville.

Cox-Sever's defense is awaiting documentation of the allegation.