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Taiwanese woman gives birth at 30,000 feet on CAL flight

TAIPEI -- A Taiwanese woman aboard a China Airlines (CAL) plane bound for Los Angeles gave birth to a baby girl in the air Thursday, the nation's largest air carrier confirmed Thursday.

CAL said her flight took off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday and was scheduled to arrive in the U.S. at 8:35 p.m., Los Angeles time.

Around six hours into the flight, the woman, who was not yet 32 weeks pregnant, reported that her water had broken. Crew members immediately asked a doctor passenger to provide assistance.

The captain informed the company and asked for permission to land at the nearest airport — Anchorage — out of consideration for the safety of the woman and her baby.

But about 30 minutes before the plane landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport, the woman gave birth, with the assistance of the doctor.

After the plane landed at Anchorage at 9:06 a.m. Thursday (Taipei time), the woman and baby were taken to a local hospital, where both of them were reported to be in good condition.

The plane, after being refueled, continued its journey to Los Angeles, more than three hours later than the original arrival time.

CAL reported that most of the passengers expressed understanding for the delay.

CAL sent staff to see the woman at the hospital and gave her a red envelope to express its good wishes.

On questions as to why the air carrier would allow a pregnant woman aboard a flight that could endanger her safety, CAL pointed out that women who are not yet 32 weeks pregnant are treated as normal passengers. A pregnant woman usually gives birth at around 40 weeks.

But CAL still advised pregnant women to consult with their doctors before boarding a plane to ensure the safety of themselves and their babies.

CAL dismissed rumors that the woman will enjoy free trips aboard CAL planes for the rest of her life.

As for the nationality of the baby girl, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said that she was born in U.S. airspace aboard a Republic of China carrier and that her nationality will depend upon the birth certificate issued by the Anchorage hospital.

October 12, 2015    boogurtwang@
Just missed that anchor baby US Citizenship by 30 minutes!
October 12, 2015    CURTISAKBAR@
Yet another visa baby. Amazing how many people bang the drum and sing the song about being a proud Taiwanese but inexplicably give birth in the USA. Looks like national pride only goes so far.
October 13, 2015    Jsportinfo@
ANCHOR BABY attempt taken too far. Hopefully the baby is not given US citizenship.
October 16, 2015    Taichenean45@
US Citizenship is old thought ~ now is China citizen and own US properties that's Rock.... US Citizenship cannot buy u anything lol
October 17, 2015    pollotemanco@
Anchor baby almost born in ANCHORage. LOL. Destiny
October 19, 2015    swissville@
This woman apparently had 2 babies born in the US previously. The US should revoke citizenship for all her babies and the airline should sue her for the huge bill that comes with landing at an alternate airport and deportation charges.
October 23, 2015    ludahai_twn@
It would be unconstitutional to revoke their citizenship as they are Constitutionally entitled to US citizenship.
October 23, 2015    patrickbukowski101@
Thinking of a master plan, attempting as scheduled and caused an ugly truth to flight crews and passengers.
Make herself and the baby and whole natural precious event of baby's lifetime as a bargain for citizenship.

Deportation is just a beginning, please do something!
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