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Thai plane searched in L.A. after bomb threat

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators found no evidence of a bomb aboard a Thai Airways flight on Tuesday after a written threat was discovered in a lavatory shortly before its arrival in Los Angeles, officials said.

After landing safely, the Airbus A340-500 taxied to a remote area of the Los Angeles International Airport where officials interviewed passengers and crew members, screened luggage and searched the plane.

"No evidence has been found to suggest a credible threat to the aircraft," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The FBI is now investigating to determine who was responsible for making the threat among the 171 passengers and 18 crew members on the Thai Airways International Flight 794 from Bangkok to Los Angeles, she said.

Eimiller could not confirm reports that the threat was scrawled on a lavatory mirror.

Los Angeles airport officials were notified of the threat around 90 minutes before the flight's scheduled arrival on Tuesday night.

It was not immediately known if passengers were aware of the bomb threat during the flight.

Thai Airways said in a statement in Bangkok that airline officials were waiting for the plane to be released for its return to Bangkok.

(Reporting by Mary Milliken; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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