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Woman 'goes into labour on plane'

26 October 2012 09:20

The baby was born at 30,000ft

The baby was born at 30,000ft

A woman has given birth to a baby boy on a plane at 30,000ft, it has been revealed.

The Virgin Atlantic Airways flight, which was travelling from Heathrow to Johannesburg, was diverted to Palma, Majorca when she went into labour prematurely.

The idea was the mum-to-be could give birth on the Spanish island, but the cabin crew thought on their feet and made a bed out of pillows at the back of the plane once it became clear the baby's arrival was imminent.

Cabin supervisor Emma Goodman said: "One minute we were delivering drinks and the next we were delivering a baby.

"When the captain announced the arrival of the baby boy, passengers burst in applause."

Following the birth mother and baby were taken to hospital in Palma, with the story highlighting the importance of travel insurance for pregnancy.

A spokeswoman for Virgin said: "Virgin Atlantic can confirm that a passenger on board the VS601 gave birth to a baby boy en route from London Heathrow to Johannesburg."