- A woman gave birth aboard an Afghan evacuation flight on Saturday, according to the Air Force.
- The pilot descended to lower altitude when the woman went into labor and experienced complications.
- She gave birth to a baby girl on the plane after it landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
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A mother gave birth to a baby aboard an Afghan evacuation flight on Saturday, according to tweets from the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command.
According to the Air Force, the woman went into labor and began having complications on a flight to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, from an intermediate staging base in the Middle East.
The pilot decided to descend to a lower altitude to “increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilize and save the mother’s life,” the tweet said.
After landing in Germany, Airmen from the 86th Medical Group boarded the flight and helped deliver the baby in the plane’s cargo hold, according to the Air Force.
The mother and her baby girl were then taken to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition, the tweet said.
Thousands of American citizens and US visa holders have been evacuated from Afghanistan in recent days as the country fell to the Taliban.
Most have been taken to other Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar, where they await transfer to Ramstein, and eventually the US, according to Military.com.
On Saturday, Brig. Gen. Josh Olson told CNN that Ramstein has the capacity to accommodate 5,000 people but that they are building extra facilities to house up to 7,500 by Sunday evening.