A woman in labor caused American Airlines flight AA787 from Paris to Charlotte to make a u-turn over the Atlantic and land in Dublin.
The aircraft appears to have been on the ground for about 3 hours and should arrive in Charlotte four hours late.
It was only a couple of weeks ago, of course, that a woman give birth on a China Airlines flight to Los Angeles. As well 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.
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.
This seems to happen often enough that Airbus A380 operators might consider taking the ‘dead space’ in the forward portion of the upper deck of the aircraft and turning it into a maternity ward.
Qantas A380 Upper Deck ‘Lounge’ Area
In this case the plane managed to get on the ground before the woman gave birth. Talk about the luck of the Irish!