Keralite gives birth in flight

Jet Airways announced that the kid would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.

The mother went into premature labour as the flight was still over the Arabian Sea. The cabin crew on a Turkish Airlines flight celebrated the arrival of an extra passenger at 42,000ft (12,800 metres) when a woman gave birth to a baby girl in April this year.

After the plane landed in Mumbai, both the mother and the baby were rushed to a hospital and were said to be doing well, according to the airline.

Jet Airways later informed the woman's family, who were en route from Kochi (also known as Cochin) by late Sunday.

The Jet Airways has offered a baby boy a free lifetime pass following his birth in mid-air on a Kochi bound flight on Sunday (June 18).

"The guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet". The Boeing 737 carried 162 guests and six crew members during the flight.

The airlines added that it was the first time "a baby was born in-flight for the airline".

The airline proudly announced the birth in a statement. The woman travelling in economy class was later shifted to first class. Crew and passengers stepped in to help safely deliver the baby, and the plane made an emergency landing in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

Typically, most airlines allow expectant mothers to fly up until they're 36 weeks pregnant, with the addition of a doctors' note to state they are fit to travel from 28 weeks onwards.

  • Zachary Reyes