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Saudi Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Woman Gives Birth Midflight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 15, 2016

Saudi Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Woman Gives Birth Midflight

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in London after one of the passengers reportedly went into labor onboard and gave birth during the flight.

According to The Mirror, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 21 was en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City when one of the female passengers went into labor, forcing the flight to be diverted.

The Boeing 777 was over Northern Ireland at the time of the incident, and the captain called for an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport in London. The plane was forced to dump fuel before touching down, but the pilot managed to land the aircraft safely at around 11:10 a.m. local time.

In a follow-up report from the South Wales Evening Post, emergency crews were waiting at Heathrow Airport to assist the mother and her newborn child when the flight arrived. No further information was provided about the health of the woman or her baby.

The official Twitter account of shared an image of the plane landing in London:

The Saudi Arabian Airlines plane was flying at an elevation of 30,000 feet when the incident occurred, and officials reported that the flight from Jeddah to New York typically take around 12 hours to complete.


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