Woman gives birth on board jumbo jet before it lands in Gander, N.L.

An Airbus A380 is pictured during the delivery ceremony for Qatar Airways first 10 Airbus A380s at...

An Airbus A380 is pictured during the delivery ceremony for Qatar Airways first 10 Airbus A380s at Airbus headquarters in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, September 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:43 PM ET

He's certainly Canada's youngest airline passenger.

A newborn boy made an early entrance into the world, forcing a Qatar Airlines jet to divert to Newfoundland and Labrador Monday afternoon.

The plane had left Miami bound for Doha when the flight crew alerted the tower in Gander that a woman was in labour.

The child was born about 30 minutes prior to the Boeing 777's emergency landing, airport safety manager Brian Hicks said.

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Two doctors were on board and the delivery appeared to go relatively smoothly, Hicks said. Mother and child were rushed to a local hospital and were doing fine after the plane landed around 5:30 p.m., Hicks said.

The plane, with 337 passengers aboard, continued its trip to Qatar about two hours later.

Airport staff in Gander are accustomed to emergency landings because theirs is the easternmost major airport in North America.

"A birth is a new one and I've been here 27 years," Hicks said.

The new mom's nationality wasn't released.

The plane was in Canadian airspace when the boy was born but it isn't clear if he'll be able to call himself a Canadian.

One way or the other, he'll have plenty to say about his first trip on a plane — once he learns to speak.

"Everybody loves a good story, everybody loves a new baby," Hicks said.


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