A dead fetus was discovered by a cleaning crew in the bathroom of an American Airlines commercial plane on Tuesday, after the plane had landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday evening, the airline confirmed to Business Insider.
According to NBC 4 New York, American Airlines Flight 1942 left Charlotte, North Carolina, at 8:56 p.m. and landed at LaGuardia’s Terminal B at 10:44 p.m. on Monday night. After passengers had deplaned, the plane, an Airbus 321, was placed at Hanger 5 and went out of service.
Law-enforcement sources told NBC that the discovery of the fetus was made before 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
Police were immediately called to assist after the discovery was made. The city medical examiner was also called to the airport to investigate the incident.
In a statement to Business Insider, American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller said, “As we continue to learn more about this tragic and sensitive situation, we are actively cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation.”
The Port Authority deferred Business Insider’s questions to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, saying they are “handling the investigation.” They did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment.