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Cabin crew help deliver baby at 42,000 ft

Cabin crew help deliver baby at 42,000 ft
A Turkish Airlines jet arrived at its destination with an extra passenger after cabin crew helped a woman give birth mid-flight.

Nafi Diaby, suddenly went into labour while flying from Conakry, Guinea, to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

The mother — who was 28-weeks pregnant — had earlier in Burkina Faso, according to the airline.

Unfazed by the on flight frisson, the crew coped admirably and the little girl, Kadiju, entered the world at 42,000 feet.

Mother and baby were taken to hospital when the aircraft, a Boeing 737-900, landed. Both are reported to be doing well.

The airline tweeted pictures of its crew posing with the newborn baby, along with a message which read: "Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew!"

This is not the first time this has happened. Flight crews are trained to deal with such emergencies.

Kadiju's place of birth, and ultimately her nationality, could be an interesting matter of debate.

She could get her nationality from her mother or she could be classified as having been born in the country in whose airspace the plane
was flying.

Just to add to the confusion, the United Nations, considers that the baby should be classified as having been born in the country where the plane was registered, in this case, Turkey.

Whether this would mean that she is entitled to Turkish citizenship would depend on how the country's nationality laws treat babies born on
its soil. For example another baby, Chloe, was also born over Canadian airspace in 2015 with legal experts arguing she had the right to claim Canadian citizenship.

Turkish Airlines allows expectant mothers to fly up to their 28th week of pregnancy without a doctor's report. After 28-weeks pregnant women must have a letter from their doctor to say they are fit to fly.


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