Warrant issued for Anchorage man who allegedly made fake crash report

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A warrant has been issued for an Anchorage man who filed a false report of a plane crash, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Investigators said Cliff Sessions, 31, made three separate telephone calls to a friend in Oregon on Jan. 29, telling her he was in a plane that had crashed somewhere between Anchorage and Juneau.

Because the location of the crash wasn't known the Federal Aviation Administration and troopers began looking for anyone who might have information about the aircraft. Investigators began to suspect that the call was phony. Their suspicions were confirmed when technicians were able to determine the calls came from a cell phone in Midtown Anchorage.

Troopers contacted Sessions Jan. 30, who said the whole thing had been just a joke.

A summons was issued, charging Sessions with a misdemeanor for filing a false report, but Sessions left the state before the summons could be served, troopers said.



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