Wednesday 24 January 2018

WATCH: Air Hostesses welcome an unexpected passenger woman gives birth at 30,000 ft

The crew perform an unexpected task
Credit: YouTube
The crew perform an unexpected task Credit: YouTube
An air hostess hold the newborn baby Credit: YouTube

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A flight crew had an unusual day in the office as they helped deliver a baby when her mother went into labour, eight weeks early at 30,000 feet.

The pregnant woman, who was approximately 31 weeks pregnant, was travelling from Taiwan to Los Angeles on board a China Airways flight.

Six hours into the journey she suddenly went into labour.


The Taiwanese woman quickly told the crew that her waters had broken.

The crew, realising they were 13 hours away from their destination, immediately requested emergency permission to land at the nearest airport but soon realised even that would be too late.

Luckily a doctor was travelling on the plane and came to the crew's assistance.

He managed to deliver the baby girl in front of amazed passengers who loudly shouted their encouragement.

The video footage has gone viral and been viewed nearly 400,000 times.

Other crew members hand her paper towels to wipe the baby and are seen wrapping the baby girl and the mother in large blankets.

Both mother and baby were brought to hospital after the plane eventually landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport in Alaska.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration said that the baby was born in U.S. airspace aboard a Chinese plane.

They added that her nationality will depend upon the birth certificate issued by the Anchorage hospital.

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