Woman gives birth on jet at N.Y. airport Baby lands after flight from Ghana touches down

December 06, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK -- A Nigerian woman 7 1/2 months pregnant went into labor yesterday on a flight from Ghana to New York, but the pilots radioed ahead and two Port Authority police officers rushed on board when the plane landed at Kennedy International Airport and helped deliver a healthy baby girl in coach class.

"She was born in coach, but she got first-class treatment," said Lt. Dan Carbonaro, a Port Authority police tour commander, who witnessed the birth and joined in the applause of the flight attendants and cockpit crew of Ghana Airways Flight 150, as the 6-pound, 9-ounce infant began to cry.

The mother, Janet Omolara Osita, 27, of Hassan, Nigeria, who was traveling alone to New York to visit relatives, gave birth to the as-yet-unnamed child across a row of seats with the help of officers George Howard and Doris Caridi and two airport paramedics, Maureen Boyd and Mark Schauber.

Afterward, the infant was wrapped in an airplane blanket and handed to her crying, beaming mother. They were taken by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital, where Michael Hinck, a spokesman, said mother and child were doing fine. "The Port Authority officers did a great job," he said. "Everything came out great."

Pub Date: 12/06/98

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