Woman gives birth during short 3-hour flight

2013-12-19 12:57
Romania - A woman gave birth to a baby boy on board a Wizz Air flight, shortly before landing at Bucharest on Tuesday.

A Wizz Air spokesperson told AFP that mother and newborn baby were met by the airport ambulance and taken to hospital after the woman had requested assistance from crew, minutes before the plane was due to land at Bucharest's Otopeni airport on Tuesday.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the passenger was assisted on a back row of the aircraft by a crew member and a doctor traveling on the same flight, which was a little over three hours long.

Information regarding the woman’s nationality and age has not been released but an airline spokesperson confirmed that the woman was nine months pregnant. The airline also said that while the mother and newborn baby appear to be in good health, they would urge pregnant mothers to refrain from concealing their pregnancies as giving birth on an aircraft poses a high risk to both mother and baby’s well-being.

Passengers who are more than 28 weeks pregnant, are expected to provide airlines with a doctors certificate, and are not allowed to travel after 34 weeks of pregnancy the airline said.

In November 2013, South African Airways (SAA) experienced a similar situation when a 17-year-old Angolan woman, Fatawmatt Kaba, went into labour on board a Johannesburg flight to New York. Kaba went into labour stat that Kaba went into labour four hours into the 16-hour flight and that her baby was born about 38 000 feet in the air, over West Africa.

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