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Baby Born On BA Flight At 36,000 Feet

A plane flying from Nigeria to London had to make an emergency landing on a Spanish island when a woman gave birth in economy class.

The African woman went into labour 36,000 feet up, causing the pilot of the British Airways plane to divert to Palma de Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands.

The woman was 26 weeks into her pregnancy when the plane touched down and she was raced to hospital with her newborn who had been delivered with the help of the cabin crew.

Both the woman, a 30-year-old Nigerian, and her premature newborn are doing well.

The plane, a Boeing 777 carrying 296 passengers, was en-route from Nigeria to the UK when she went into labour. The plane continued on to the UK after the birth, arriving two hours late.

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