A Turkish Airlines flight in northwest Africa touched down with an unexpected passenger, and its crew couldn’t have been more thrilled.
The plane’s crew helped deliver a baby girl about halfway into their flight from Guinea to the neighboring country of Burkina Faso, the BBC reported.
The mom was 28 weeks into her pregnancy when the Boeing 737’s crew noticed that she was in the pains of labor. The jetliner was cruising at an altitude of roughly 42,000 feet at the time, the airline said in a statement obtained by the BBC.
“They promptly responded to assist her childbirth during the flight,” the airline said.
Photos posted on social media by the airline on Friday captured the precious cargo being swaddled in a blanket while held by various members of the crew ― many of their faces unable to contain their shared joy.
Another photo appeared to capture the mom lying across three seats while cradling her baby among the crew’s staff, which included a pilot.
Once the plane landed, mom and baby were taken to a hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital. Both were said to be in good health, NBC News reported.
It’s not clear whether there was a doctor on board to assist with the delivery, or whether the crew was trained for such surprise events. A request for comment from the airline on Sunday was not immediately returned.
According to the Turkish Airlines website, expectant moms that are less than 28 weeks along are free to travel without pause. Those between 28 weeks and 35 weeks are required to obtain a doctor’s note that declares them fit to travel.
CORRECTION: A previous version misidentified Burkina Faso as Ouagadougou’s capital. Ouagadougou is Burkina Faso’s capital.