A cleaning crew cleaning an airplane bathroom made a gruesome discovery on Tuesday, August 7th in New York. While changing out the garbage, the team noticed what appeared to be a dead fetus. The discovery was made on an American Airlines Airbus 321 around 7:30 am. Crew members turned over the fetus to their superiors, and the identity of the mother was unknown. Now authorities believe they have located the mother of the dead fetus. An 18-year-old appears to have suffered a miscarriage shortly after the plane landed.
A flight attendant told police that after passengers had left the plane, a young woman rushed to the bathroom. The woman’s twin sister waited outside the bathroom and told staff that her sister had an emergency. According to the flight attendant, the woman left the bathroom and plane appearing ill.
Following the incident on the plane, the young woman checked into a local hospital at 12:30 am.
A review of the remains of the fetus by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, estimate the gestational age to be around five months old. A fetus with a gestational age of 5 months, would be unable to survive outside the womb.
Police don’t believe this was a criminal act but rather a miscarriage. Investigators have not yet made contact with the sisters to get more details on the event. The Medical Examiner Office has not yet determined how the fetus died.
The Medical Examiner released the following statement, “The OCME can confirm we’re investigating what we believe to be a human fetus found deceased on an airplane.”
American Airlines released a statement saying, “As we continue to learn more about this tragic and sensitive situation, we are actively cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.”
Hopefully, as more information is collected, steps can be made to ensure no crime was committed by the mother. If the woman did suffer a miscarriage in the plane, this is a horrible and terrifying end to a pregnancy. Some media outlets are reporting the teen may not have known she was pregnant. If that’s true, I can’t image the fear she had following the miscarriage.As more details unfold, I will update.
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