By: Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) 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. [FULL STORY]