Team shortlist14 May 2017 AT 11:51 AM

Passenger gives birth on Emirates flight from Dubai to Paris

The flight was diverted to Cyprus
Team shortlist14 May 2017 AT 11:51 AM
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Birth, Emirates, Travel, Dubai
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Birth, Emirates, Travel, Dubai
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These days expectant mothers can choose from a variety of options for their birth - water birth, home birth, hospital birth... But how about a birth on-board a plane? That's exactly what happened to a passenger travelling on a flight from Dubai to Paris.

Emirates Airline confirmed that a woman gave birth while on a flight to Paris over the weekend. Flight EK075 was diverted to a Cyprus airport on Friday when the passenger delivered her baby mid-flight.

“Emirates can confirm that a passenger travelling onboard Emirates flight EK075, gave birth en route from Dubai to Paris on May 12,” an airline spokesperson told Arabian Business.

“We have supported the passenger during this period and her health and safety has of course been paramount. As a result, the flight was diverted to Larnaca International Airport. The aircraft was refuelled and re-departed for Paris with a delay of approximately five hours.”

The spokesperson added that the safety of passengers is of the highest importance.

During the delay at Larnaca Airport, the woman was filmed being taken from the plane into an ambulance. Cyprus Airports uploaded the video to Twitter with the caption: “They say great things comes in small sizes. Well we received a sweet surprise today at #Larnaka #Airport. A baby delivered with an #A380.”

This isn’t the first time that a woman has given birth on a flight from Dubai. In august last year a woman had a baby while on board a flight from Dubai to Manila. According to a Facebook post from a fellow passenger, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl while in the air on the way to the Philippines, causing the plane to do an emergency landing in India.

Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote: “The lady started having contractions mid-flight, about five hours in going to the Philippines. She was set to give birth on October, so this came to a surprise, even to her mother who picked her up from Dubai.”

It is understood that the unnamed woman was travelling with her mother. When she went into labour, she was moved to the front of the plane and two nurses who were on board helped to deliver her baby.

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