Sunday 28 December 2014

Woman goes into labour during flight

Pat Flynn

Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after a woman on board went in labour
A plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after a woman on board went in labour

A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport when a woman went into labour less than an hour into the flight.

There were 230 passengers and crew on board the Delta Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Altanta in the US.

The plane was over Blackpool in England when the crew declared a medical emergency and opted to land in Shannon.

The pilot sought a "full complement of medical personnel" to meet the aircraft on landing. It had been feared the woman would go into labour on board as her contractions were reported to be about a minute apart before touch down.

She was rushed to University Maternity Hospital Limerick where she gave birth soon afterwards. It's understood that mother and child are doing well and that the woman was almost full term, believed to be around 37 weeks gestation.

Irish Independent

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