A woman went into labor and her baby was born on a Southwest Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Orlando on Sunday, causing the plane to be diverted to Charleston, South Carolina, before reaching its destination a little behind schedule.
According to USA Today, Southwest Airlines Flight 556 took off from Philadelphia a little before 3 p.m. Sunday. Shortly thereafter, a woman went into labor and gave birth while the flight was in the air.
The plane landed in Charleston around 4:30 p.m. so that mom and baby could get to a hospital, and the plane took off about 70 minutes later with the remaining 132 passengers to land in Orlando around 6:30 p.m., about an hour behind schedule.
Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Melissa Ford reported medical professionals who were on board and crew members helped with the delivery, and EMTs met the flight when it landed to get the woman and her baby to a local hospital, WCSC reported.
A passenger on the flight, Izzy Gould, tweeted about the incident, saying the "flight crew did a great job," and included a short video where the baby can be heard crying.
It's not the first time a baby was born midflight on a Southwest Airlines plane: A similar situation happened almost exactly two years ago.
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