- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2017

A woman gave birth while on a Turkish Airlines flight, 42,000 feet in the air, multiple news outlets reported recently.

“Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew,” Turkish Airlines tweeted Friday.

Accompanying photos showed flight crew and the captain comforting the mother, stretched out across three seats, and holding her newborn daughter.

Passenger Nafi Diaby was 28-weeks pregnant when she boarded the flight in Conkary, Guinea, to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the airline wrote in a statement.

Flight crew noticed Ms. Diaby was in pain, and they stepped in to assist with the birth — midflight.

The flight completed its course, and mom and baby, named Kadiju, were taken to a nearby hospital.

The airline reported that both Ms. Diaby and Kadiju do not have any health problems, but they are being monitored.

While medical professionals say it is generally safe for pregnant women to fly before 36 weeks, Turkish Airlines requires any woman flying between 28 and 35 weeks to have a note from a doctor.

• Laura Kelly can be reached at lkelly@washingtontimes.com.

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