Lagos – Arik Air, the country's national carrier, confirmed a woman miscarried during a flight from Lagos to London in the United Kingdom.
It said contrary to reports, the passenger did not give birth on board.
The statement signed by Arik's Public Relations and Communications Manager, Adebanji Ola, also stated that the woman in question was 12 weeks pregnant.
"The Arik Air flight W3 101 which departed Lagos for London Heathrow on Sunday, diverted to Palma Mallorca Airport, Spain at 5:44pm due to urgent medical attention for a 12-week pregnant woman on board. The passenger reportedly developed severe pain during the course of the flight. The pain was later coupled with bleeding with a suspected miscarriage,” Arik stated.
"The passenger, who was initially attended to by two medical doctors on board the flight, was 12 weeks pregnant. She was later transferred to a hospital in Mallorca for further medical attention. This is contrary to a report in some papers to the effect that a woman gave birth on board Arik flight to London."
The statement added that the flight later departed Mallorca at 8pm for London’s Heathrow.
The statement explained that the pregnant woman did not indicate her pregnancy status to the airline's Passenger Service Agents at check-in and because her pregnancy was 12 weeks, the team did not notice her status.
- CAJ News