A special Manila-bound repatriation flight by Philippine Airlines (PAL) made an emergency landing in Bangkok early Saturday morning after one of the pregnant passengers experienced labour pains, according to Gulf News.
The PAL official said the chartered flight (PR659), which carried 294 returning Filipinos, left Dubai at 9 pm (UAE time) on Friday and was supposed to land in Manila at 10 am (Philippine time) on Saturday but had to be diverted to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok because of the medical emergency.
The Filipina expat, who was 34 weeks pregnant, had medical clearance from a doctor stating she was fit to travel.
An on-ground airline doctor monitored the condition of the pregnant passenger in-flight and an ambulance was on hand as soon as the plane landed at BKK.
The passenger was rushed to a hospital in Bangkok with the baby who was born mid-flight. Both the mother and baby are in stable condition.
The PAL plane and its remaining 293 passengers, meanwhile, arrived in Manila on Saturday midday.