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Mother forgets baby at airport – plane forced to turn around mid-flight

Mother forgets baby at airport – plane forced to turn around mid-flight

A bizarre incident where her mother left her baby behind at the airport happened in Saudia Arabia last week, Gulf News reported.

The flight was forced to turn around mid-flight once the mother realised that her baby was left behind in the boarding area of the terminal.

A video has since gone viral, where the pilot is requesting permission to head back to the airport. The Air Traffic Control operators are caught by surprise and were trying to figure out the protocol for the incident.

“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot was heard talking to an air traffic controller.

“This flight is requesting to come back … a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing," one of the air controllers says.

The pilot is then asked to clarify the issue, to which he quickly replies:

"We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight."

The air controllers realise that the best decision is to let the plane turn back so the mother can retrieve her child.

“OK, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!”

The mother and child were reunited at the airport, according to The Telegraph UK although it's unknown why the child was left behind in the first place.

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