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07 January 2014 09:13
Flight drama: A passenger gave birth to a baby boy on a flight from Valencia to Bucharest
A baby boy has been born on a flight from Valencia to Bucharest.
The birth happened after a passenger went into labour during a three-hour Wizz Air trip from Spain to the Romanian capital on Tuesday (December 31).
The woman asked cabin staff for help only minutes before the aircraft landed at busy Otopeni airport, the European budget airline said in a statement.
She was then assisted in the plane's back row by a crew member and a doctor who was on the same flight.
Flyers travelling after their 28th week of pregnancy must show a doctor's certificate.
But mothers-to-be are forbidden from travelling after their 34th week of pregnancy, Wizz Air said.
Pregnant passengers can get themselves peace of mind by taking out
pregnancy travel insurance.
Wizz Air did not name the mother's nationality or age.
But it added: "Mother and newborn baby were met by the airport ambulance and taken to hospital."
The carrier said it is "very proud" of its crew who handled the situation with professionalism and care.
The statement continued: "While this mother and her newborn baby seem well, we urge all our pregnant mothers not to risk their well-being and not to conceal their pregnancy."
The mother is believed to have been nine months pregnant when she boarded the plane.
Last year, a Moroccan mother gave birth to a healthy baby boy in mid-air after going into labour on a journey between Casablanca and Bologna in Italy.
The 39-year-old felt the initial contractions soon after take-off.
She gave birth seconds before the plane landed at Barcelona's El Prat airport after the pilot asked for an emergency stop-over.
Luckily, one of the passengers on board the Royal Air Maroc flight was a trained midwife and helped in the birth along with the cabin crew.
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