Baby born on flight from Lyon to Reunion

2nd January 2006, Comments 0 comments

SAINT DENIS DE LA REUNION, Reunion Island, Jan 1 (AFP) - An airplane flying to France's Indian Ocean island of Réunion landed with an additional passenger after a woman gave birth in the aircraft's toilet, the airline said Sunday.

SAINT DENIS DE LA REUNION, Reunion Island, Jan 1 (AFP) - An airplane flying to France's Indian Ocean island of Réunion landed with an additional passenger after a woman gave birth in the aircraft's toilet, the airline said Sunday.

The Air Austral flight had been in the air more than five hours after taking off from the eastern French city of Lyon on Saturday when a steward noticed a passenger had been in a toilet for a long time, and upon investigation the woman turned out to be in labor.

"I didn't believe it and so I got up to go see and the baby was already out," said pilot Jean-Christophe Durieux after arriving in Reunion on Sunday.

A stewardess wrapped the baby in a blanket and a doctor on board cut the umbilical cord.

The doctor said the baby, named Elfayed, and the 25-year-old mother were fine, but both had been admitted to a hospital in Saint Denis.

The airline said as a policy it does not allow women past the seven month of pregnancy on its flights, and that the passenger, who had planned to give birth in her home on the island of Mayotte, the plane's final destination, was not visibly pregnant.

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Subject: French news

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