The flight had already started from an intermediate staging base in the Middle East when the mother went to work and began to have complications, said the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command.
The commander made the quick decision to lower the altitude of the C-17 to increase the air pressure in the aircraft. The move helped stabilize the mother and save her and her baby’s lives, according to officials.
After the plane landed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, pilots from the 86th medical group came on board and dropped off the child in the C-17’s hold.
The mother, who was on the plane with her family, and her baby girl were transported to a nearby medical facility and were in good condition, officials said.
US pilots have prepared Ramstein Air Force Base to house thousands of evacuees arrives from Afghanistan after taking over Taliban.
Over the past week, the United States has evacuated about 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, from Kabul, according to U.S. Army Major General William Taylor, Reuters reported. The figure included about 3,800 people just over the previous day, he said Saturday.
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.
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