A woman gave birth prematurely last week on a China Airlines flight from Taipei to Los Angeles.
The crew queried the passengers for medical help, and a doctor traveling on the flight delivered the baby eight weeks early. The flight was already planning to divert to Anchorage, but the birth couldn’t wait.
In May a woman who didn’t know she was pregnant gave birth on an Air Canada flight to Tokyo. That was reportedly the third inflight birth of 2015.
Just this month a woman gave birth to a baby onboard a Jazeera Airways flight. That child will receive free flights on the airline until age 18.
Perhaps most striking to me about this incident on board China Airlines though is that the emergency and diversion only delayed the flight’s arrival in Los Angeles by three hours.
Here’s the moment that the woman actually gave birth on the flight. The passengers cheer with the first cry. Clearly the crew did a phenomenal job.