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Published on : Friday, December 4, 2015
The Emirates A380 Airbus, which was travelling from Auckland to Dubai via Sydney, was forced to make an unexpected stop when a passenger onboard went into labour. Two doctors on-board the Emirates jet helped the non-English speaking woman through her contractions with the help of Google translator. A medical emergency landing was announced by the pilot and the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital.
According to passenger Richard Palfreyman, the captain came on the intercom declaring the diversion to Perth for a medical emergency. And then there was a call for women passengers who could speak Russian. It took almost an hour before the plane could dash to Perth from where the woman was supposedly rushed to King Edward Memorial Hospital by St John Ambulance.
The plane resumed its journey shortly after that and as the delayed plane reached its intended destination of Dubai, the pilot announced the woman had given birth to a baby girl and they both were ‘doing well’.
The emirates flying rule states that any pregnant woman flying past their 29th week of pregnancy require ‘a medical certificate signed by a qualified doctor stating the estimated date of arrival.’