Woman gives birth in Emirates mid-flight

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 14 May 2017, 20:50:47

Woman gives birth in Emirates mid-flight

DUBAI: A Paris-bound A380 Emirates flight was forced to divert to Cyprus Airport on Friday when a woman gave birth in mid-flight, confirmed airline officials on Sunday, according to a global media report.

The delivery of the baby caused quite a stir among staff at Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus where the mother and baby were medically evacuated from the flight and taken to nearby hospital for necessary follow-up medical attention.

Cyprus Airports tweeted at 10.28pm on Friday: “They say great things come in small sizes. Well we received a sweet surprise today at #Larnaka #Airport. A baby delivered with an #A380!”

In a statement on Sunday to Gulf News, Emirates confirmed the birth did occur and that the flight was diverted.

Emirates repeated its longheld policy that a passenger’s health is a priority policy when flying.

Reactions to the news on social media sites queried how the birth took place on a flying aircraft when expectant mothers are routinely not allowed to fly within certain timeframes for medical reasons by their doctors.

It’s still unclear why the woman gave birth on the plane given that airlines have very strict rules that ban some pregnant women from flying as their due date draws nearer.

Emirates declined comment when asked by Gulf News on its rules governing pregnant women passengers nor did the airline discuss the condition of this particular new mother.

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