(Photo: Caroline Bird)
Irina Vasylkova, 25, boarded a Polar Airlines flight between Yakutsk and Zyryanka, two cities in eastern Russia. She began to experience labor pains shortly after takeoff. Christina Kondratiev, a stewardess, moved her to a seat where she would have more legroom and asked the passengers if there was a doctor on board.
To their good fortune, there was not only a doctor on the plane, but an obstetrician. Dr. Elena Sleptcova stepped forward to offer her help. The first child was born in midair. The second was born after landing as the plane was taxiing to a gate.
The mother and her two babies were taken to a hospital, where news reports indicate that they are doing well.