Cabin crew on board a Turkish Airlines flight helped to deliver a baby at 42,000 feet.

The aircraft’s extra passenger arrived soon after take-off on a flight from Guinea’s capital Conakry to Istanbul via Ouagadougou.

The 28-week pregnant mother Nafi Diaby and her baby, named Kadiju, were taken to hospital when the Boeing 737 landed in the Burkina Faso capital.

A spokesman for Turkish Airlines said: “”The cabin crew noticed that a woman passenger named Nafi Diaby, [who was] 28 weeks into her pregnancy, was suffering childbirth pains. They promptly responded to assist her childbirth during the flight.”

Airlines typically allow expectant mothers to travel until they are 36 weeks pregnant but require a signed letter from a doctor with the due date from 28 weeks onwards.