Afghan woman gives birth on board a US evacuation plane

MAINZ, Germany – US pilots helped give birth to a baby after an Afghan woman went into labor in the air aboard an evacuation plane that landed in Germany on Saturday, the US Air Mobility Command said.

The woman, whose identity was not revealed, was aboard a C-17 plane en route to Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany when she went into labor, the command said in a statement on its Facebook page.

The plane took off from “a staging post in the Middle East,” the statement said. It was not clear when the woman left Afghanistan.

In this photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force, medical aid personnel from 86th Medical Group are helping an Afghan mother out of a C-17 plane after she gave birth on landing at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Saturday.– / AFP – Getty Images

The woman began to experience complications during the flight due to low blood pressure, the statement said, adding: “The chief of the plane made the decision to go down in altitude to increase the air pressure in the plane, which helped stabilize and save the mother’s life.”

Pilots from 86th Medical Group hurried on board and dropped off the baby in the hold of the plane when the plane landed, the statement said.

The little girl and her mother were transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition, said a spokesman for the 86th Airlift Command at Ramstein Air Base.

A spokesman for Ramstein said on Sunday that 6,100 evacuees from Afghanistan have been flown to the air base since the start of Operation Allies Refuge, with more flights expected in the coming days. This was stated by the Ministry of Defense on Saturday 17,000 people has been evacuated from Afghanistan since 14 August.

But thousands more are still waiting to escape Afghanistan, while the Taliban seek to consolidate their rule, and the security situation around Kabul airport continues to deteriorate, with people being crushed to death near the airport. The British government said on Sunday that seven Afghan civilians were killed in a panic attack by people trying to enter the airport.

President Joe Biden promised to bring Americans home and help Afghans who had helped American forces and others who could be in danger Friday in “one of the largest, most difficult air bridges in history.”

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But U.S. efforts have been met with criticism in light of the chaos that erupted at Kabul airport last week as the Taliban took control of the capital.

The Pentagon said Sunday it would prepare commercial aircraft to transport people once they have been evacuated.

U.S. defense officials also warned Saturday of a possible threat from Islamic State, the terrorist group better known as ISIS, against the airport and Americans trying to evacuate.

Andy Eckardt reported from Mainz and Yuliya Talmazan from London.

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