Cebu Pacific Air flight makes emergency landing as woman gives birth mid-air

Published on : Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cebu Pacific Air flightA Cebu Pacific Air flight bound to Manila had to make an emergency landing as a female passenger gave birth to a premature baby girl, right inside the flight.



The nine-hour-long flight initially took off from Dubai. After four hours of the journey, the woman, who was travelling with her mother, started to experience a premature labour.



As the woman was already crowning, the flight crew, pilots and the passengers became very attentive and the lady was brought to the spacious front area of the flight. The crew members prepared a makeshift basin from a shelf from the cabinets to wash the baby with mineral water. Two of the passengers of that flight turned out to be nurses, who assisted in the delivery. Both the mum and the baby-girl were reported to be safe and healthy.



Some passengers stated that the baby would get to ride the airline for free for a lifetime. But the airline authorities did not give any confirmation.



Although the baby was technically born in India, but according to a United Nations Convention on International Civil Aviation, the baby would take the citizenship of the airline as she was born on the aircraft itself. The baby ‘Haven’ would get a Filipino citizenship and she would carry a Philippine passport.



The flight finally reached its destination after 18 hours of its take off. But none of the passengers expressed any anguish.



Previously, women above six months of pregnancy used to be discouraged from flying. But recently, some of the airlines have bent the rules for those, who can get a clearance from their gynaecologist.

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