BABY BORN ON DOMESTIC FLIGHT OVER NEW CALEDONIA

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NOUMEA, New Caledonia (June 8, 1999 - Les Nouvelles /PINA Nius Online)---A baby was born on Saturday aboard an emergency evacuation domestic flight en route from Lifou islands in the north of the territory to Noumea's hospital, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles reported Monday.

The plane had been chartered by the hospital to carry a mother in labor with complications from Lifou island to the territory's main hospital in Noumea.

But, as the plane was nearing the main island's east coast, the doctor and the midwife onboard had to deal with the unexpected delivery of a baby who didn't want to wait.

Pilot Philippe Solier conveyed doctor's orders to call the hospital and two ambulances, one for the baby, one for the mother, were awaiting the small plane's landing at the Magenta airport, the nearest to Noumea.

Upon arrival, the baby and the mother were hurried to the hospital.

In April 1997, a similar case took place between the Isle of Pines, south of Noumea, and the capital.

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