Dead Fetus Found Onboard Plane at Laguardia Airport
LAGUARDIA AIRPORT, NEW YORK — August 8, 2018
The horrific discovery was revealed by a cleaning crew before 7 a.m. aboard an American Airlines flight in the toilet of a plane as the aircraft sat in a hangar at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday.
According to the law enforcement sources, the fetus was about 5 to 6 months old, but that statement is preliminary. The medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy.
“The OCME can confirm we’re investigating what we believe to be a human fetus found deceased on an airplane," a statement from the city medical examiner's office said. "We will release determination when the investigation is complete.”
In addition, the police check the data for each passenger flying this flight. Surveillance footage has already been taken. The investigation is complicated due to the fact that the body was found 1.5 hours after landing.
Port Authority Police were called after the discovery. While Port Authority Police have major crimes detectives, a spokesman said: "the DA also has investigators that step in cases like this one."
The Port Authority Police Department handed over the investigation.
"We are looking into that," said Silvia Estevez, a spokesperson for Queens, New York, District Attorney Richard A. Brown. That was her only answer to any question about the investigation underway.
It is known that the flight 1942 left Charlotte at 8:56 p.m. and arrived at LaGuardia's Terminal B at 10:44 p.m. Monday. Photos by American's flight tracker from the scene showed Port Authority cops surrounding the jet on a tarmac Tuesday after it apparently was removed from the hangar for further investigation.
As airport authority tweeted, several flights in terminal B were apprehended in relation to the investigation, where passengers disembarked from ill-fated flight AA1942.
American Airlines flights at Terminal B may experience some delays due to an out of service aircraft. Please check with @AmericanAir before your departure.— LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport) August 7, 2018
American Airlines referred all questions to law enforcement.
"As we continue to learn more about this tragic and sensitive situation, we are actively cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation." the company's representative said.
The company also promised to aid the FBI and the police in a possible murder investigation.
The Queens district attorney's office says it is also investigating. The medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine how the fetus died.
Several dozen travelers at LaGuardia were saddened to learn the reason behind their delayed flight. One passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, said they couldn't believe it. "I think it's awful. Abandoned fetus on a flight? That's terrible."