An AirCal jetliner carrying 72 people from John Wayne Airport to San Francisco was diverted to Los Angeles Sunday night as the result of a telephoned bomb threat.
Flight 187 was in the vicinity of Santa Barbara when the pilot was advised of the threat shortly after 7:05 p.m. and decided to return to Los Angeles International Airport, according to AirCal spokesman Bill Bell.
The MD-80 landed without incident at 7:37 p.m., Bell said, and taxied to a remote part of the airport. The 67 passengers deplaned in a normal manner by the plane's stairs and were bused to a terminal.
The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad, accompanied by dogs trained to sniff out explosives, searched the plane, but no bomb was found and the aircraft was cleared about 9:35 p.m.