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Passenger gives birth on Royal Air Maroc flight

A 39-year-old woman went into labor shortly after takeoff.

By Associated_Press Aug 13, 2013 7:14PM

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A passenger on a Royal Air Maroc flight from Casablanca, Morocco, to Bologna, Italy, gave birth to a boy in mid-air.

The official Moroccan news agency MAP says that the 39-year-old woman went into labor shortly after takeoff on Sunday. The flight was diverted to Barcelona, Spain, and the baby was born just before landing.

Woman gives birth to baby boy on flight. File photo of a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-700 (REX/Image Broker) The airline didn't specify the passenger's nationality. It said crew members and a midwife, who happened to be on the plane, helped with the delivery.

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Mother and child were taken to Sant Joan de Deu hospital in Barcelona and are in good health, the airline says. The flight continued on to Bologna around 50 minutes after landing in Barcelona.

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File photo of a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-700 taking off in Frankfurt, Germany (REX/Image Broker)

46Comments
Aug 13, 2013 11:45PM
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I guess the baby's nationality will be Royal Air Marocan.
Aug 13, 2013 11:32PM
Aug 13, 2013 11:32PM
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Why are some of you so quick to assume she was full term? Premature births happen all the time. Congrats to the new parents!
Aug 13, 2013 11:19PM
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How gross !  She should have her head examined for flying at that stage of pregnancy. I'd loose my lunch if that  was anywhere near me on a plane. I don't pay those prices to fly so I can be exposed to that. Just plain  rude.
Aug 13, 2013 11:04PM
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Did the airline charge the passengers $5 to watch the birth?   I see the PA announcement.  "As an alternative to the normal watered downed movie, we are offering the opportunity to watch a live birth."
Aug 13, 2013 10:57PM
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No one should be allowed to fly after the 6th month of pregnancy .
Aug 13, 2013 10:47PM
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Guess she isn't getting her vacation after all.

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Did the airline charge the parents for the child on board? 
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