A flight from Cairo to London had to make an emergency landing in Munich after an 18-year-old woman gave birth on board.
The infant was born at 32,808ft above sea level, as the expectant mum travelled to meet her partner in Britain.
She was flying with her 38-year-old mum when she went into labour yesterday afternoon, forcing the plane to land.
The teenager had planned to give birth in the UK.
A statement by the federal police in Germany said: “In the past, children were told that a stork brings their little brothers and sisters.
“Today it was a larger metal bird. Around noon, a plane belonging to an Egyptian airline landed in Munich on an unscheduled basis.
“The bird was on its way from Cairo to London.
“The reason for the ’emergency landing’ was a particularly happy one, the birth of a child.”
According to the federal police, the young woman gave birth to a baby girl mid-flight.
The captain of the Egyptian plane decided to make an emergency landing in Munich, the capital of the southern German state of Bavaria, yesterday.
It is a standard procedure for police officers to be called to any aircraft that makes an unscheduled landing, especially to flights that “end up with one more passenger than has boarded”.
It meant Munich cops were among the first to congratulate the new mum.
According to the police, passport control “turned a blind eye” regarding the “little lady’s” missing travel documents.
The police statement also said that mother and daughter, who were not named in the statement, were doing well “and recovering from the exertions of the last few hours in a hospital in the surrounding area.”