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Woman Gives Birth on Plane to London

A woman onboard an Arik Air flight from Nigeria to London went into labor and eventually gave birth on the plane, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Palmas, Spain, according to

The pilot made the decision to land after talking to two onboard doctors, who helped deliver the woman's baby. After the woman, who has not yet been identified, gave birth to her child, she reportedly experienced excessive hemorrhaging. Doctors then advised the pilot to make an emergency landing.

An investigation is now under way to find out whether the woman should have been flying at all, based on how far along she was at the time.

Pregnant women who are full-term are not allowed to fly, according to regulations from the International Civil Aviation Organization. However, women who are not full-term must present medical information to prove that they are less than 32 weeks pregnant before they can board a flight.

Mother and baby remained at a hospital in Spain and are reportedly doing fine. The rest of the passengers continued on to London.

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