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Bomb threat made against United plane at LAX

October 20, 2012 |  7:55 pm

A London-bound United Airlines flight was searched Saturday evening at Los Angeles International Airport after someone phoned in a bomb threat directed at the aircraft, authorities said.

The threat against United Flight 934 was made from a pay phone about 6 p.m., according to sources familiar with the situation who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about it.

The plane, a Boeing 777, was scheduled to depart for Heathrow Airport shortly before 6 p.m., according to United's online flight status report. According to the status report, "airport conditions" are preventing its departure.

The plane was taken to an isolated area at LAX, and a bomb squad used dogs to search the aircraft. [Updated at 9:19 p.m. Oct. 20: Nothing suspicious was found, law enforcement sources said.]

The FBI, Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Airport Police responded to the scene.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

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