Breast-feeding mother smothers baby during transatlantic flight

By Calvin Palmer

A four-week-old baby girl being breast fed during a United Airlines transatlantic flight was apparently smothered to death when her mother fell asleep for an hour.

The cabin crew were alerted by the 29-year-old Egyptian woman’s screams when she woke up in the business class. A doctor on board flight UA-982 tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl.

The jet on its way from Washington DC to Kuwait and was was diverted to London’s Heathrow Airport.

Police boarded the aircraft when it landed and Scotland Yard’s Child Abuse Investigation Team is investigating the incident, which occurred on November 24.

A police source said: “This appears to be a tragic accident. The girl comes from a loving family. Her mum was going to Kuwait to show her to relatives.”

Police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination performed at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. In the meantime, the death is being treated as “unexplained”.

After a delay of more than five hours, the plane continued on its journey to Kuwait.

[Based on reports by the Melbourne Herald Sun, The Aviation Herald and Daily Mail.]

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