timesofindia.indiatimes.com - A jumbo jet that had taken off with 405 passengers from Dubai airport touched down at Kolkata with 406 passengers at 10.30am on Thursday.
A Filipino woman gave birth at 35,000 ft on Thursday morning, the second such occurrence in Indian airspace in two years. The woman and the newborn were admitted to a city nursing home after the plane made an emergency medical halt and are doing fine.
Kyamkogina Sepulveda, a 30-year-old Filipino woman, was flying back to Manila from Dubai in Emirates flight EK 323 when she experienced labour pain. When Sepulveda had boarded the flight though, she didn’t suspect any such exigency as the expected date of delivery was still a couple of weeks away. Most international airlines allow expectant women to fly up to 35 weeks of pregnancy provided they are in good health.
In fact, the plane had flown silently over Kolkata flight information region (FIR) and into Bangladesh airspace around 9.30am. Though Sepulveda had been feeling rather queer for the past few hours with sudden bouts of cramps in her lower abdomen, she had borne it with fortitude, hoping the situation would not spiral out of hand in the next five hours so that she could reach Manila.
Within minutes, it all turned topsy-turvy as a searing pain hit her. She felt severe contractions in her lower abdomen and couldn’t help scream. As the distraught husband looked on, the flight attendants rushed to her aid. The flight captain was informed about the fast-developing situation on board. Assessing the situation, the captain decided to land. Though Dhaka was the nearest international airport, the captain decided to turn back to Kolkata after the passenger preferred the city over the Bangladesh capital.
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