Woman gives birth on Southwest flight

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LOS ANGELES – A woman went into labor and gave birth while aboard a flight Tuesday morning, Southwest Airlines officials confirmed.

The woman was traveling from San Francisco to Pheonix aboard a Southwest Airlines flight went into labor and was forced to deliver her baby shortly after takeoff, KTLA reported.

The plane diverted to the Los Angeles International Airport.

According to flight records, Southwest Airlines Flight No. 623 left San Francisco at 6:24 a.m. with the intention of flying to Pheonix, Arizona, but was diverted to LAX, landing at 7:38 a.m.

The woman gave birth “slightly” after takeoff while the plane was in the air, Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Emily Samuels told KTLA.

A nurse and doctor were coincidentally on the flight and assisted in the delivery and care of the mother and baby until flight crews landed the plane and paramedics could take over, Samuels said.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials transported the mother and newborn to a local hospital where they were said to be “doing fine,” LAX spokeswoman Amanda Parsons said.

Passengers stranded at LAX were expected to face a two and a half delay, Samuels said.

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