Gothenburg plane evacuated after bomb hoax

A handwritten bomb threat found on board a Dutch KLM plane at Gothenburg's Landvetter airport that forced the evacuation of 144 passengers before take-off was a hoax, Swedish police said Saturday.

Bomb experts and sniffer dogs searched the aircraft and turned up nothing, police said.

The flight was pulling out of the gate and bound for Amsterdam when a passenger found the note.

“A handwritten message was found inside a magazine on board saying that there was a bomb on board,” border police duty officer Bengt Jonsson told AFP earlier.

The aircraft was towed away from the airport terminal before it was searched for several hours.