Frightening moment woman delivered baby on flight to UK

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An expectant mum has had the flight of her life after her water broke while on an international flight to the UK.

Nigerian citizen Nweke Ifeoma went into labour on Turkish Airlines flight 1991 earlier this week, prompting a frenzied response from those on board.

The flight had taken off from Istanbul Airport at 11.40am on Monday (local time) and was bound for Manchester.

After it became apparent the woman was going into labour, cabin crew took the passenger to a secluded part of the aircraft and asked over the loudspeaker if there was a doctor on board.

Nweke Ifeoma lays on a stretcher together with her baby. Source: Australscope
Nweke Ifeoma lays on a stretcher together with her baby. Source: Australscope

There was indeed a medical professional among the passengers, who, along with the flight staff, helped deliver the baby girl at an altitude of 10,000 metres (33,000 feet).

Cabin crew cut the newborn's umbilical cord as the plane was diverted to Vienna International Airport.

Paramedics met the new mother and her baby on the tarmac and took them to hospital. Both were found to be in good health.

Air steward Hakan Dogan later explained to Turkish media that he and his colleagues tended to the passenger "in line with the training we received in first aid classes".

Photo shows the crew that helped the passenger deliver her baby. Source: Australscope
Photo shows the crew that helped the passenger deliver her baby. Source: Australscope

Turkish Airlines later confirmed in a statement: "Cabin crew members are trained for these type of situations."

Generally, women are not allowed to travel by air after 36 weeks for domestic travel, and after 28 to 35 weeks for international travel. It is unclear how many weeks pregnant the woman was upon boarding the flight.

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