A baby boy, born 35,000 feet above sea level on a Jet Airways plane from Saudi Arabia to India on Sunday, has received a free lifetime pass from the airline as his first birthday gift.
Jet Airways flight 9W 569 took off from Dammam for Kochi at 2.55 am yesterday. However, when an expectant mother, Jose, travelling onboard went into premature labour, the crew declared a medical emergency and diverted the flight to Mumbai.
While the Boeing 737 with 162 passengers on board was still over the Arabian Sea, the cabin crew requested on the public announcement system for a doctor to come forward.
Although there were no doctors onboard the flight, a female nurse travelling to Kerala, named Mini Wilson, volunteered to help deliver the child along with the airline staff.
“Jet Airways is pleased to announce the successful birth of a baby boy on board its flight 9W 569 from Dammam to Cochin of June 18, 2017,” said an official statement by Jet.
After the plane landed in Mumbai, both the mother and the baby were rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital in Mumbai and were said to be doing well, according to the airline.
“Being the first baby to be born in-flight for the airline, Jet Airways is pleased to offer the newly-born a free lifetime pass for all his travel on Jet Airways,” the airline said in a statement.
The plane later resumed its onward journey to Kochi and reached its destination at 12.45 pm after a delay of 90 minutes.