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Woman Delivers Baby On Arik Airplane Enroute London: Mother In Labour Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

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Woman Delivers Baby On Arik Airplane Enroute London: Mother In Labour Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

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Sept 16, 2013 – Nigerian Woman Gives Birth To Baby On Arik Airplane Enroute London: Mother In Labour Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

An Arik Air flight with over 100 passengers en route to London Sunday was forced to make an emergency landing in Palmas, Spain, as a woman went into labour and gave birth while the aircraft was airborne.

The pilot was said to have requested the emergency landing on the advice of two doctors who were on board the aircraft and had helped the mother deliver the baby. After the birth of the child, the mother, whose identity has so far been withheld, was said to have experienced excessive hemorrhaging, necessitating the emergency landing.

At the time of this report, both mother and child were said to have been stable but were left behind in Palmas for monitoring by medical personnel, while the flight continued on its journey to London.

On enquiry, THISDAY learnt that the airline was trying to ascertain if the woman had presented a false medical report from her doctor on the true duration of her pregnancy or she had gone into premature labour while on board the flight.

Women with full term pregnancies are not allowed to travel by air, according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations. As such, intending pregnant passengers are required to present medical reports certifying that they are less than 32 weeks pregnant before they are allowed to fly.

A source said the airline was carrying out a full-scale investigation to ascertain the genuineness of the medical report presented by the woman. Arik Air’s management said yesterday that if it is discovered that the woman was given a false report to enable her fly, it would file a special complaint against the doctor who had issued the medical report to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for endangering her life and that of the baby, as well that of other passengers on board the flight.

THISDAY learnt that when the passenger went into labour, the cabin crew had asked that doctors on board the flight to identify themselves. Following the announcement, two of the passengers came forward, saying they were doctors and assisted in the delivery of the baby.

Normally, a source disclosed that in the few instances where women have given birth on board, the aircraft would continue its flight to its final destination. However, the Arik flight was forced to make an emergency landing following the advice of the doctors that the woman was bleeding excessively.

But the airline did not know whether the decision to make an emergency landing by the doctors was right, as it was not ascertained if the medical personnel were O&G doctors (obstetrics and gynaecology) who might have been better at handling the emergency birth.




  1. red

    September 16, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Forget ICAO this baby wants to be a full blood pilot and have made d mark.we better arrange scholarship for d baby bcos I know that’s a future pilot.And to top it all d correct baby is already a citizen,D best health care for mom with kids is in Spain u see all d bonus way follow am come. congrats to d super mom u correct too.

  2. funke martins

    September 16, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    bad timing she actually planned to give birth in London now dt poor boy is a Spanish citizen

  3. Austine J.

    September 16, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Congrat ooo

  4. Benny

    September 16, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Good for her becus her baby wldnt av bn London citizen until after 5 years..

  5. Gentlevic

    September 16, 2013 at 7:29 AM


  6. Usman

    September 16, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    She is plane 2 born the baby in spain

    • iron bar

      September 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      plane or plan…meanwhile she is on transit.she was delivered at the aiport and not in their intl law..they will rcv naija paaspport and the doctors that cleared her to fly in such heavy condition to uk will be arraigned for falsification of records..

  7. Etini Albert

    September 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Arik stories evryday! What about other airlinez?

  8. D Hunter

    September 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Hahahahaha Red, pls try bow down n dogde d bullets shot by dis aboki man called Usman ooo…if it hits d rest pple around, no prblm in as much as u‘re nt involve. Wat? Wat does he mean by “ she is plane to born the baby in Spain“ Eh?

  9. Ehiometalor Oses

    September 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Tanx to God 4 save delivery

  10. iron bar

    September 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    preg women from china are being turned back from mariana islands which is governd by u.s where u re entitled to b a us citizen..very soon all these wayo trip will be banned.lottery don end as we all know.

  11. jobo

    September 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    u are right..dat u.s leaker stuck at Russian airport where Russian denied he is on transit and nt in Russia..pple are just ignorant

  12. ojo

    September 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    This is amazing. That baby should be given scholarship like the little boy who wanted to fly to America via the tyre of this same air line

  13. Mae

    September 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Arik again?! Haba… Bt ds time is a gd news,unluckily d woman’s plan failed… She wanted 2 ve a london boy,nw spanish.

  14. angela

    September 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    She knows exactly wat she wanted.. but badluck wey fellow am from n.9ja no gree am. Chaiiiii !

  15. sharton

    September 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    congrat mama pilot lucky baby u re welcome.

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