A baby was born on a United flight from Accra, Ghana, to Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport on Sunday, according to United Airlines.
The plane departed on Saturday and was 11 hours long and reached the airport at. 5:41 with a new passenger. A member of the flight attendant crew was a former nurse and helped with the birth, United Airlines told USA TODAY.
When the mother began giving birth, the crew acted quickly and helped doctors on board to make sure everyone was safe on the flight.
“We were particularly excited to see the aircraft land with an extra, especially beautiful, customer on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.
After the flight, the mother was presented with a blue United balloon and a card that read, “On behalf of the United team in Washington Dulles, Congratulations on your new baby!”
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Similar incidents have occurred in the past where doctors and crew jumped on board to help with a delivery.
On October 1, 2021, a baby was born aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul, Turkey to Chicago.
The baby was delivered by a doctor on board and the airline crew.
The doctor, Feridun Kubilay, traveled from Turkey to New Orleans with a stop in Chicago, according to several reports. The captain of the plane told Kubilay that they could land in Copenhagen, Denmark, but the doctor said there would be no time before the baby was born.
The baby and mother were “in good health,” according to the airline.
Turkish Airlines flight: Doctor on Chicago flight thought the woman may have had food poisoning. Then he gave birth to her child.
Another woman, Lavinia Mounga, gave birth in April 2021 on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu.
Countries have different policies on whether babies born over their territory automatically acquire citizenship. Babies born over U.S. airspace receive U.S. citizenship.
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Michelle Shen is a Money & Tech Digital Reporter for USA TODAY. You can reach her @ michelle_shen10 on Twitter.