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OSAKA — Airline security officials were given a scare Wednesday after a woman called to say she had received e-mail from a friend indicating his Japan Airlines flight had been hijacked — a message that later turned out to be a prank.

According to Osaka and Kyoto Prefectural police, the woman, a resident of Kyoto, contacted authorities at around 10:30 a.m. saying she feared that the plane her male acquaintance had boarded — a flight from Kansai International Airport to Seoul — had been hijacked.

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