Baby born on HCMC tarmac

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A Jetstar Pacific flight leaving Ho Chi MInh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport was delayed Sunday, after a young mother gave birth on it.


An official from the airline said that Nguyen Thi Lap, 28, of the north-central province of Nghe An, went into labor just as the plane began taxing out to the runway.


Lap gave birth before the plane could return to the gate, local news website, VietNamNet reported.


Jetstar staff transferred her and her son to the HCMC University Medical Center.


The situation could have been dire. The boy was born prematurely and weighed in at just 2.5 kilograms

Both mother and child are in stable condition, according to doctors, who plan to release them in a couple days.


The flight, which was bound for Vinh, Nghe An's provincial capitol, was delayed and held up a number of subsequent Jetstar flights.


Representatives from the airline payed a visit to their special passengers at the hospital with presents. Company representatives say that the flight crew has been rewarded for its excellent work.


Passengers are advised to notify the airline of any compromising medical conditions prior to boarding a flight.


Jetstar regulations state that the airline is willing to transport passengers who are within 28 weeks of pregnancy so long as they sign a note to take some responsibility later.


Expecting women from week 28th need to present a note from their doctor declaring them fit to fly. The note must be issued within seven days of departure.


The airline will not carry passengers after their 36th week of pregnancy.

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