A Turkish Airlines flight crew was surprised to discover an extra passenger onboard their jet. Yes, a baby girl was born at 42,000ft (12,800m) when a woman went into labour in the middle of the journey.

The woman, who was 28 weeks pregnant, was flying with Turkish Airlines on flight TK538 from Conakry, Guinea, to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She was in excruciating discomfort shortly after the plane took off. The team members observed her and realized she was in the early stages of pregnancy.

The cabin staff quickly responded and helped her deliver her baby on the plane. Nafi Diaby, the mother, was laid across a row of seats. The flight attendants rushed to make it as comfortable as possible.

Shortly after the plane took off, the woman went into labor. (Image courtesy of Turkish Airlines)

“The lady was in a lot of pain,” Bouthayna Inanir, a flight attendant, told Hurriyet Daily News, “and then the baby was on the seat.” “This was the most difficult part,” Inanir continued. I needed to get the baby. I grabbed her and handed her over to her mother.”

The airlines announced the good news on Twitter, along with a congratulatory greeting that said, “Welcome on board, Princess!” Our cabin personnel deserves applause!” They also shared photos of the newborn with the loving caregivers, which have since gone viral.

The baby was born at 42,000 feet in the air! (Image courtesy of Turkish Airlines)

After arriving at Ouagadougou Airport, the mother, a French-Guinean woman, and her infant Kadiju were taken to a hospital. Both the infant and the mother are said to be in good health.

Most airlines allow pregnant women to travel up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. “Pregnant ladies expecting one baby can fly with a doctor’s report stating that they are fit to fly by air carriage between 28 and 35 weeks,” Turkish Airlines says on their website. (The beginning of the 28th week and the end of the 35th week.) Even if they have medical clearance, they are no longer fit to travel after that.”

The crewmembers assisted the woman in giving birth to her child, and the infant was later named on the trip.
(Source: Turkish Airlines)

People worldwide were ecstatic about the woman’s premature arrival and complimented the staff for assisting her. While most replies were positive, with many speculating that the infant would be entitled to “free” airline services for the rest of her life, others wondered and laughed about the place of birth on her birth certificate. And, of course, what would the newborn’s nationality be?


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