Last updated: 10:04 AM ET, Mon May 11 2015

Passenger Gives Birth Aboard Air Canada Flight to Tokyo

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | May 11, 2015

Passenger Gives Birth Aboard Air Canada Flight to Tokyo

Photo via Twitter

A Tokyo-bound Air Canada flight from Calgary was given priority landing at Narita International Airport over the weekend after a woman gave birth aboard the plane while passing over the Pacific Ocean.

According to Chris Kitching of the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old mother and Canada native went into labor mid-flight. Fortunately, there was a doctor onboard to help deliver the baby.

Upon landing 30 minutes ahead of schedule, the mother and baby were taken to a nearby hospital. Images captured by a local media outlet show the mother being transported via stretcher while the father followed, cradling the newborn.

The Daily Mail Online tweeted a photo of the couple with their daughter:

While the situation was undoubtedly unnerving for the mother and some passengers aboard the Boeing 767, the unexpected delivery was ultimately a successful one. "I couldn’t imagine this just happened, completely unexpectedly," the father told reporters at the scene via Kitching. "It turned out that we have a beautiful baby girl."

"Everyone was clapping their hands" a female passenger told local media via Kitching. "She's such a cute baby with big eyes."

A spokesman for the airline reported that both mother and daughter were doing well after remaining in the hospital overnight. 

Although Kitching reports that Air Canada's policy allows pregnant women to travel during their 36th week, it's unknown how far along the woman was when she boarded Flight ACA9 over the weekend. 

Regardless, it's fitting that the flight arrived in Japan on Mother's Day.

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