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January 12, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Police were continuing their investigations yesterday after a newborn child was found dead on an aircraft, wrapped in a plastic bag.

Etihad Airways flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta diverted to Bangkok for a medical emergency at the weekend and cleaners later found a dead newborn hidden in a drawer in one of the aircraft’s toilets.

The captain diverted the A330 aircraft after the suspected mother started bleeding. Despite the diversion to Bangkok, airline cleaning crew made the gruesome discovery only after the flight arrived at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport, according to The Jakarta Post.

A 37-year-old woman returning home to Indonesia after four years of domestic work in Abu Dhabi, was arrested on arrival at Jakarta Airport.

Police believe woman, identified only as Hani, secretly gave birth on the flight. The Jakarta Post said the child was a result of a relationship with her employer in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad’s guidelines say expectant mothers need a medical certificate to fly in the final  10 weeks of their pregnancy and should not fly at all in the final four.

Hani returned to Indonesia early Sunday morning, a day later than scheduled. She was arrested at Jakarta Airport.

Etihad’s guidelines for travelling while pregnant (for mothers expecting a single baby rather than a multiple birth) are thorough, as follows.

  • From the beginning of the 29th week to the end of the 36th week: Mothers will need to submit a medical certificate.
  • From the beginning of the 37th week onwards: Mothers will not be accepted for travel.

Medical Certificate Guidelines

  • Issued and signed by the guest’s doctor or attending midwife.
  • Written on a clinic / hospital letterhead and / or stamped by the doctor or attending midwife.
  • The medical certificate is valid for 3 weeks from the date of issue, provided it is within the gestation period which is considered acceptable for travel.
  • State that the guest is fit to fly.
  • State if the pregnancy is single or multiple.
  • State the number of weeks of pregnancy and the Expected Date of Delivery (EDD).
  • Easily understood and written in Arabic or English. Other languages are accepted but must be verified by Etihad Airways check-in staff.
  • The original medical certificate shall be accepted for the whole journey (originating, return and stopover flights), provided the above validity criteria is met for each sector.

Written by Peter Needham

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