Passenger jet forced to make emergency landing after woman gave birth in the air

A passenger flight had to make an emergency landing when a woman went to work.

The EgyptAir flight from the Chadian capital N’Djamena to Cairo, Egypt was rerouted when a passenger realized their baby was coming.

The pilot redirected the service to Aswan, about 800 km south of Cairo, in the hope that the passenger could reach a hospital in time, EgyptAir said in a statement.

However, it was not fast enough for the mother, who was born before the plane landed.

Fortunately, a medical student was on board to deliver the child safely. Pictures of the flight members of the crew holding the newborn in a blue blanket.

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“All passenger safety procedures were followed and swiftly completed as the flight attendants worked with a medical student to assist the passenger with in-flight delivery,” EgyptAir said in a statement.

The baby is not the first to arrive in mid-flight.

Last September, Hiyam Nasr Naji Daaban gave birth to a flight from Cairo to London with the help of a doctor on board.

The newborn received lifelong free flights from EgyptAir.

The plane landed with an extra passenger

Body functions have proven to be the pilots’ curse in other, somewhat less life-affirming ways.

In 2015 a British Airways flight had to turn back because a passenger had problems with the toilet.

The plane had flown from Heathrow to Dubai.

Abhishek Sachdev, who was on board, tweeted, “Insane. Our BA flight to Dubai returned to Heathrow because of a smelly feces in the toilet.”


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