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Baby born on board diverted flight


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POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009

A flight from Los Angeles to Sydney diverted to Hono-olulu on Friday after a woman gave birth to a premature infant on the plane.

Two doctors on board the flight and crew members helped deliver the baby girl, said Amanda Bolger, a spokeswoman for the airline, V Australia. The baby was eight weeks premature.

Bolger confirmed that V Australia Flight 2 left Los Angeles about 8:45 p.m. for Sydney.

But about four hours into the flight, when the plane was about 900 miles southeast of Honolulu, the woman went into labor.

The flight arrived about 12:35 a.m., about an hour and 45 minutes after the decision to divert to Honolulu.

No information was available on the infant's condition.

The plane refueled and reached Sydney after a five-hour delay, the airline said.