Afghan woman gives birth on Afghanistan evacuation flight to Britain

ISTANBUL, Aug 28 (The Remnants) – An Afghan woman on board an evacuation flight to Britain gave birth to a baby girl early on Saturday with assistance from the cabin crew, Turkish Airlines said in a statement.

Soman Noori, 26, started having contractions during the Turkish Airlines flight from Dubai to Birmingham, and gave birth as the plane flew at an altitude of 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) in Kuwaiti airspace.

Afghan evacuee Soman Noori holds her newborn baby girl named Havva on board an evacuation flight operated by Turkish Airlines from Dubai to Britain's Birmingham, August 28, 2021. Turkish Airlines/Handout via REUTERS
Afghan evacuee Soman Noori holds her newborn baby girl named Havva on board an evacuation flight 

Noori and her baby, who was named Havva, were both in good health, the statement said.

The plane, which was carrying Afghan citizens who had worked with Britain in Afghanistan, landed in Kuwait as a precaution but later continued on to its destination, Turkish Airlines said.

Turkish Airlines cabin crew members pose with the newborn Afghan baby girl named Havva on board an evacuation flight from Dubai to Britain's Birmingham, August 28, 2021. Turkish Airlines/Handout via REUTERS
Turkish Airlines cabin crew members pose with the newborn Afghan baby girl named Havva on board an evacuation flight