An Afghan woman has given birth on a US C-17 Globemaster during the ongoing evacuation of Kabul.
US Air Mobility Command said in a statement on Saturday that the woman went into labor during a flight to Ramstein Air Base in
The mother began to have complications, and the pilot descended to a lower altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which Mobility Command credited with saving her life.
‘Upon landing, Airmen from the 86th MDG came aboard and delivered the child in the cargo bay of the aircraft,’ the statement said.
US Air Mobility Command said in a statement that the woman went into labor on Saturday during a flight to Ramstein Air Base in Germany
‘Upon landing, Airmen from the 86th MDG came aboard and delivered the child in the cargo bay of the aircraft,’ the statement said
‘The baby girl and mother were transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition,’ said Mobility Command
‘The baby girl and mother were transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition,’ said Mobility Command.
The new mother was traveling with other family members, and photos shared by the Air Force show her being wheeled off the C-17 on a stretcher.
Officials say that Ramstein Air Base will soon be able to accommodate up to 7,500 refugees as they are processed for transit to onward destinations.
The Pentagon said Saturday the United States has evacuated just 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, from Kabul in the past week, including 3,800 in the past day.
It means the US has surged more American troops into the Kabul airport than the number of citizens it has extracted from the country since the Taliban swept into power on August 14.
Up to 15,000 Americans need to be evacuated and the administration hopes to get out a further 50-60,000 Afghan allies and their families.
A transport plane carrying people flown out of Afghanistan lands at Ramstein Air Base
A group of Afghan evacuees depart a bus at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on Friday. Ramstein Air Base is providing safe, temporary lodging for qualified evacuees from Afghanistan
Other NATO allies are also hoping to save thousands of people, but the security situation in Kabul appears to be quickly deteriorating, with the US now warning citizens not to attempt to get to the airport amid the threat of attack by Islamic State fanatics who are hiding in the country.
President Joe Biden faces growing criticism as videos depict pandemonium and violence outside the airport.
On Saturday Biden met with his national security team to discuss the chaotic situation after cancelling his weekend trip to Delaware.
Meanwhile, the US Transportation Command issued a warning order to U.S. air carriers Friday night to prepare for possible activation of the Civil Air Reserve Fleet to aid the airlift effort. The order was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Transportation Command said in a statement the Pentagon has not yet ordered any activation of commercial airlines as allowed under the program, which adds to military aircraft capability during a national defense crisis.
If activated under the program, commercial airlines would transport evacuees from way stations outside Afghanistan to the US, or from Virginia’s Dulles International Airport to US military bases.
The Civil Reserve Air Fleet was last activated on a large scale in March of 2020, when the Pentagon conscripted commercial jets to repatriate Americans who were trapped abroad when the coronavirus pandemic descended.