Pregnant woman prompts flight diversion

Published Friday, 07 March 2014
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A transatlantic flight from Paris to Detroit was diverted to Belfast because a passenger went into labour, it is understood.

Pregnant woman prompts flight diversion
The A340 makes an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport. (© Tony McAteer)

Belfast International Airport was alerted to the emergency on Thursday afternoon and prepared for the huge Air France A340 to land.

UTV viewer Tony McAteer captured the moment it landed on camera, with the aircraft spotted during its approach.

The flight touched down at about 4.15pm and the pregnant woman was taken to hospital where it is understood she gave birth to her baby.

"Staff at the airport are waiting with baited breath to hear any news," a spokeswoman for Belfast International told UTV.

And as well as the prospect of a new arrival, the plane itself caused something of a stir as it is much bigger than those routinely flying in and out of the International.

However, the airport is among the first choices for long-haul flights that need to divert, due to the size of its runway and its ability to accommodate even large aircraft.

Its services have actually been called upon twice in less than two weeks, with a medical emergency causing a flight from Germany to Florida to be rerouted to Belfast.

© UTV News
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Ryan in An Dun wrote (170 days ago):
It's a wonder she wasn't changed for an extra seat for the newborn.
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