An Air Canada flight arrived in Tokyo with an extra passenger after a woman give birth as the plane flew over the Pacific Ocean.
A doctor who happened to be on board the flight from Calgary – which arrived in Japan on Mother’s Day – delivered the baby girl after the crew asked passengers for medical help.
The 23-year-old mother, from Canada, and the newborn were taken to a hospital, where they spent the night and were reportedly doing well…
From the article itself I was most surprised that the aircraft was a Boeing 767, somehow I don’t think I realized there were North America – Asia flights operated by a 767 but of course Calgary – Tokyo is actually a shorter flight than Dallas – Frankfurt.
Apparently though there’s more to the story than makes it into the news pieces. Reader Michelle shares more details from onboard that flight which departed Canada on Saturday,
…[a y]oung girl in seat in front of her started screaming like she was going to die. Turns out she was having a baby even though she didn’t know she was pregnant.
Two doctors were on board. Everyone seems to be fine after delivery at 30,000 feet.
[The b]oyfriend is terrified of the girl’s father.
She relays that the doctors were a husband and wife from India, though the two news stories mention only one doctor.
I had just heard a story a week earlier about a woman giving birth who didn’t know she was pregnant until she was in the hospital. It wasn’t anything I had ever heard of before.
So while the stories talk about Air Canada allowing pregnant passengers up through their 36th week, any limitations can only exist for women who know they are pregnant.
This was the third known birth on board so far this year.