Dead foetus found dumped in aeroplane toilet's rubbish bin by cleaner
4th January 2011
A dead foetus was found dumped in a bin in an aeroplane’s bathroom by a cleaner in the Philippine capital.
Airline worker Randy Ondo discovered the five or six month old male after the flight had landed at Manila.
Airport police were today trying to establish who the mother was who dumped the dead foetus on the Etihad Airways plane which had arrived from Abu Dhabi.
Dead foetus: Five or six-month old male was dumped at the rear of the Etihad plane from Abu Dhabi to Manila, Philippines
Abortion is illegal in the Philippines and the mother could face charges if she terminated the pregnancy.
The cleaner on the EY428 flight which landed on Monday evening had almost finished working and was collecting the rubbish when he made the discovery.
Worker Mr Ondo became suspicious and found the dead foetus wrapped inside tissue at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Emergency services were called to the aircraft but Doctors Jennifer Santos and Alex Gongab said the child was dead and could not be resuscitated.
The foetus, which was found at the rear of the plane, was handed over to Pasay City Police who have launched an investigation.
A spokesman for Eithad Airways said they were co-operating with the airport authorities as they worked to identify the mother.
No passengers or crew were on the board when cleaners found the dead foetus.
In September, a returning Filipino worker who abandoned her baby after giving birth on a plane claimed she was raped by her employer.
In a separate incident, a newborn baby boy was strangled by his mother and dumped in a rubbish bin at Dubai International Airport last week.
The mother - believed to be Ethiopian and in her thirties - caught a flight before the infant's body was discovered by a cleaner at Dubai International Airport.
She had allegedly severed the child’s umbilical cord with her bare hands before smothering him with a cloth.
The newborn baby was found still alive in a rubbish bin but medics were unable to save him.
A security source said: 'Most likely the woman wanted to get rid of the baby as it was a child outside wedlock.
'It seems that the woman had intended to leave the UAE before the delivery but was faced with a different reality in the airport.'
He was discovered when a woman passenger reported a pool of blood in the bathroom to the airport’s cleaners.