Woman goes into labour during flight
Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30
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.
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