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Fetus found on plane at LaGuardia Airport, medical examiner says

The fetus was found by a cleaning crew the morning after the plane landed, the airline said.

A fetus was found on an American Airlines

A fetus was found on an American Airlines plane at LaGuardia Airport, the airline and city medical examiner said. Photo Credit: Janelle Griffith

A fetus was found in the bathroom of an American Airlines airplane at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday morning, the airline and city medical examiner confirmed.

The disturbing discovery was made by a cleaning crew on the AirBus 321, American Airlines spokesman Justin Franco said. The plane, Flight 1942 from Charlotte, North Carolina, had arrived at LaGuardia Monday evening.

“As we continue to learn more about this tragic and sensitive situation, we are actively cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation,” the airline said in a statement.

The city’s medical examiner is investigating the cause of death, a spokeswoman said.

“We will release determination when investigation is complete,” Aja Worthy-Davis, the OCME executive director for public affairs, said in a statement.

The plane was supposed to return to Charlotte Tuesday morning, but was held due to the investigation, Franco said. Passengers were put on other flights, he said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on the flight to New York, but the plane can fit 187 passengers, according to Franco.

Flight 1942 departed from Charlotte Douglas International Airport shortly after 9 p.m. and arrived at LaGuardia about 90 minutes later, according to, a website that tracks flights worldwide. 

The Queens district attorney’s office said it is investigating.


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