December 4, 2009 / 9:44 PM / 9 years ago

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a ... baby boy!

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - A pregnant woman aboard a Southwest Airlines flight went into labor and gave birth to a boy during a cross-country trip on Friday, and the plane was diverted to an airport in Denver, an airline spokesman said.

The woman went into labor about 100 miles north of the Colorado capital on Southwest Flight 441, en route from Salt Lake City to Chicago, spokesman Chris Mainz said.

She delivered the baby in the aft galley of the aircraft, with the assistance of doctors who happened to be aboard, Mainz said.

“Medical personnel met the flight and escorted the mother and child off the flight to the hospital,” Mainz wrote in an email to Reuters. He said no further details were immediately available.

Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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