Crime & Justice

Aircraft searched at LAX following bomb threat, no explosives found [Updated]

A Thai Airways jetliner that was searched after a bomb threat has left L.A. International Airport on its way to Bangkok.

Airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez says the plane left L.A. at about 2:30 this morning. The plane was heading to Los Angeles last night when the threat was discovered scrawled on a restroom mirror.

The Airbus A340-500 landed safely and was searched by the FBI, which found no evidence of a credible threat. Passengers were interviewed but there were no arrests.

A Thai Airways statement says the plane's departure from L.A. was delayed for several hours.

FBI: Aircraft searched, no credible threat found

Investigators found no explosives aboard a Los Angeles-bound Thai Airways flight in which a bomb threat was found scrawled on a bathroom mirror, the FBI said Wednesday.

Airport officials were notified at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday of the alleged threat, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Flight 794 landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport just before 9 p.m. Tuesday evening and was taken to a remote area of the airport where passengers exited the plane and the search was conducted, Eimiller said.

Investigators conducted a thorough search of the plane and found no evidence to suggest a credible threat to the aircraft existed, she said. All passengers were immediately removed from the plane, interviewed and released, Eimiller said. There were no arrests.

Thai Airways president Piyasvasti Amranand told The Associated Press that the message - written in English with bad grammar - warned that a bomb was on the plane.

"This must have caused some nuisance to the passengers," he said by phone from Singapore. "It sounds like it was done by a crazy person."

Thai Airways said in a statement that there were 171 passengers and 18 crew members on board.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said there were 18 fire trucks and fire engines on standby when the plane landed.

Associated Press Writers Thanyarat Doksone in Bangkok and Denise Petski in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

© 2010 The Associated Press.