The Indian airline Jet Airways said it will give free flight tickets for life to a boy who was born on a flight of the company between Saudi Arabia and India.
The mother went into labor prematurely when the flight 9W 569 of Jet Airways was at an altitude of 35,000 feet in its route from Dammam to Kochi at 2:55 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Members of the flight crew helped deliver the baby alongside a nurse traveling to Kerala, Mini Wilson, who was among the 162 passengers on board. The crew declared a medical emergency and the flight was then diverted to Mumbai.
The mother and the child were rushed to a hospital when the plane landed in Mumbai, and doctors said that both are in “stable condition”. The flight resumed its journey to the city of Kochi, arriving at 12:45 pm with 90 minutes of delay.
The identity of the mother not be released due to the airline’s privacy policies. Although being the first baby to be born on flight for the airline, Jet Airways announced that the child would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.