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The Turkish Airlines flight was flying the family from Dubai to Birmingham ( Image: PA)

Afghan refugee fleeing to UK gives birth to baby girl at 30,000ft on evacuation flight

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An Afghan refugee fleeing to the UK gave birth to a baby girl at 30,000 feet while on an evacuation flight destined for Birmingham.

According to Mirroronline Soman Noori, 26, was travelling on an evacuation flight from Dubai to Birmingham, having previously left Kabul, when she went into labour in airspace over Kuwait, Turkish Airlines said.

There was no doctor on board the flight, forcing the Turkish Airlines cabin crew to deliver the baby girl, who has been named Havva by her mother and father, 30-year-old husband Taj Moh Hammat.

Her name translates to Eve in English, and she is the couple’s third child.

Baby Havva was born 30,000ft above Kuwait as mum Soman Noori, 26, fled Afghanistan for BirminghamHavva's name translates to Eve in English and she has two other siblings

Baby Havva was born 30,000ft above Kuwait as mum Soman Noori, 26, fled Afghanistan for Birmingham.  Havva’s name translates to Eve in English and she has two other siblings 

Image: PA)

Turkish Airlines said in a statement that both mother and baby were healthy, and although the flight had landed in Kuwait as a precaution, it then carried on its route to Birmingham and landed at 11.45 am.

Photographs and video footage showed Turkish Airlines crew cradling the baby and handing her to her mother.

As reported by ionigeria.com this is the second baby to be delivered mid-air by Afghan refugees. Havva’s birth comes days after another Afghan woman gave birth while on board an evacuation flight to Germany.

The mother, whose identity has been kept anonymous, was on the second leg of her journey after fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and was aboard a US military plane travelling from a staging base in the Middle East to the US Ramstein Air Base.

According to posts on social media by the US Air Mobility Command, the woman started going into labour while mid-flight on the C-17 transport aircraft. She started having complications at flight altitude, typically above 28,000 feet, due to the lower air pressure.

The posts on social media said: “The aircraft commander decided to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilise and save the mother’s life.

“Upon landing, airmen from the 86th Medical Group came aboard and delivered the child in the cargo bay of the aircraft.

The baby girl and mother were transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition.”

Ramstein Air Base, in southwestern Germany, has become an essential transit point for Afghan evacuees.

Female flight staff cradle baby Havva during the evacuation flight to Birmingham

Flight staff cradle baby Havva during the evacuation flight to Birmingham ( Image: PA)

It currently has a capacity for 5,000 people, but this is expected to soon be ramped up to 7,500.

According to the United Nations, roughly 400,000 people in Afghanistan have been forced to flee their homes since the start of the year, with up to 30,000 leaving the country each week.

The UK has agreed to take in 20,000 Afghan refugees who are fleeing the Taliban, but only 5,000 this year.

Setting out the plans last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to those who worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years.

“Many of them, particularly women, are now in urgent need of our help.”

But the plans have been slated by many, and even one of Mr Johnson’s MP’s called the plans “woefully inadequate”.

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