Flight diverted after woman on board gives birth to baby

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LOS ANGELES, California – A plane headed from San Francisco to Phoenix was unexpectedly diverted Tuesday morning after a woman onboard went into labor and delivered her baby while the plane was in the air.

According to flight records, Southwest Airlines Flight No. 623 left San Francisco at 6:24 a.m. but was diverted to LAX, landing at 7:38 a.m. reported KTLA-TV.

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

Luckily for the woman, a nurse and doctor were both fellow passengers and were able to assist in the delivery, Samuels told KTLA-TV.

LA firefighters were there as the plane arrived at LAX and the mother and newborn were taken to a nearby hospital.

The two are “doing fine,” said LAX spokeswoman Amanda Parsons said.

As for the other passengers on the plane, they had to stay in LA an extra 2 hours before they were able to complete the rest of their journey to Arizona.

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