This was the position of the airline in a statement issued on Monday by its Public Relations and Communications Manager, Mr. Adebanji Ola, who said the woman in question was suspected to have suffered a miscarriage of her 12 weeks old pregnancy.
The statement said, “The Arik Air flight W3 101 which departed Lagos for London Heathrow on Sunday, diverted to Palma Mallorca Airport, Spain at 5:44pm due to an urgent medical attention for a 12-week pregnant woman on board.
“The passenger reportedly developed severe pain at the course of the flight. The pain later got complicated with bleeding, therefore miscarriage was suspected.
“The passenger, who was initially attended to by two medical doctors on board the flight, was 12 weeks pregnant. She was later transferred to a hospital in Mallorca for further medical attention. This is contrary to a report in some papers that the woman gave birth on board Arik flight to London.”
The statement noted that the pregnant woman did not reveal her pregnancy status to the airline’s Passenger Service Agents at check-in and because her pregnancy was 12 weeks, the team didn’t notice her status.
The statement added that the flight later departed Mallorca at 8pm for its destination in London.