Mumbai/Kochi: A Keralite baby was born mid-air on a Kochi-bound Jet Airways' flight, which then made an emergency landing in Mumbai.
The baby was born on Jet Airways flight 9W 569 that was on its way to Kochi from Dammam in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
When the woman went into labor, the crew of the aircraft moved her into the first class from economy. A woman passenger, who happened to be a nurse, and the crew assisted in the delivery. Reports said that the child was born when the plane was flying over Pakistan. A medical emergency was declared and the flight was diverted to Mumbai.
The woman and the baby were taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Both the mother and the baby are healthy. The woman was traveling alone and the authorities did not divulge her identity. They said that they will contact her family using the details given while booking the ticket.
The flight resumed its journey towards Kochi by around 11.15 am.
Generally, airlines offer free lifetime travel for babies born mid-air on their flights.
"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.