Fetus discovered inside empty airplane bathroom at New York's La Guardia airport

PHOTO: An American Airlines plane is pictured at LaGuardia Airport in New York.PlayObtained by ABC News
WATCH Fetus discovered inside empty airplane bathroom at New York's La Guardia airport

A cleaning crew at New York's LaGuardia Airport made a grim discovery today aboard an American Airlines plane.

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American flight 1942 from Charlotte, North Carolina had arrived Monday night at 10:44 p.m. Passengers had long since disembarked by the time the plane was being serviced this morning. That’s when the cleaning crew found an under-developed fetus in a bathroom.

The plane was temporarily taken out of service while a forensic team from the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) spent several hours onboard.

"The OCME can confirm we're investigating what we believe to be a human fetus found deceased on an airplane," a spokesperson said in a statement.

PHOTO: An cabin lavatory in a airplane is pictured in this undated stock photo.STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images
An cabin lavatory in a airplane is pictured in this undated stock photo.

There were no reported incidents during the flight, an airport source told ABC News.

A spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, whose jurisdiction includes the airport, declined to comment.

The investigation caused a delay to at least one other American Airlines flight, an airlines spokesperson said.

"As we continue to learn more about this tragic and sensitive situation, we are working actively with law enforcement on the investigation."

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