A Keralite baby boy, born mid-air on a Jet Airways flight from Saudi Arabia to India, has been rewarded with free tickets for life. His mother gave birth to the child with the help of airline staff and a nurse who was also travelling in the same flight.
Flight number 9W 569 of Jet Airways took off from Dammam to Kochi at 2.55 am on Sunday morning. The expectant mother travelling onboard went into labour and the crew declared a medical emergency. The flight was then diverted to Mumbai.
While the plane was still over Pakistan air space at a height of 35,000 feet, she was helped by crew members and a nurse traveling to Kerala, Mini Wilson, to deliver the baby.
The plane landed in Mumbai and both the mother and the child were rushed to a hospital. Both mother and baby were in healthy condition. The woman was traveling alone in the flight.
The plane then resumed its journey to Kochi and reached its destination at 12.45 pm after a delay of 90 minutes.
“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.