Sunday, June 18, 2017

Baby born on Jet's Saudi-Kerala flight, plane diverted to Mumbai

New Delhi: A baby was born on a Jet Airways' aircraft winging its way from Dammam to Kochi on Sunday. When the woman went in labour, the crew of flight 9W 569 declared a medical emergency and diverted to the nearest airport, which happened to be Mumbai.
"The crew made an announcement to find if there was a doctor on board, but there was none. There was a nurse returning home to Kerala and she came forward. With her assistance, the cabin crew did an emergency delivery on the flight. A baby boy was born. The mother and baby are perfectly alright," said a source.
The crew tried to establish "medilink" — where contact is established from a flying aircraft with doctors on ground to handle medical emergencies on board. However, this connection could reportedly not be activated.
The aircraft landed in Mumbai and the mother and child were taken to a hospital. It later resumed its journey to Kochi.
18/06/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India