An Afghan mother has gone into labour on evacuation flight, forcing military plane to descend in altitude.
The plane landed at a base in Germany.
Air force officials said the woman gave birth to a baby girl at the Ramstein Air Base after experiencing complications on a flight coming from an intermediate staging base in the Middle East.
The aircraft commander on the US Air Force C-17 decided to “descend in altitude to increase air pressure” in the plane, which helped to “save the mother’s life”, Air Mobility Command said on Twitter.
Upon landing, medical support staff came aboard the aircraft and helped deliver the baby in the cargo bay.
Both mother and child were “transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition”.