Passenger gives birth to boy mid-air in AI London-Kochi flight

Air India flight crew with the newborn and his mother.

More than 200 people on board an Air India flight from London to Kochi experienced anxious moments that soon turned into a pleasant surprise as a boy was born mid-air on October 5.

Two doctors and four nurses who were on board the flight AI 150 helped the lady passenger in the premature delivery of the baby. Since the lady needed medical care, the plane was diverted to Frankfurt, an Air India spokesperson said on October 6.

In a late evening Facebook post on October 6, Air India said, "AI 150 of 5th Oct, enroute to Kochi from London with 202 pax, landed in Frankfurt with 203 passengers. We had a surprise arrival mid-air. A baby boy was born."

The airline said its aircraft is well equipped with all necessary medical equipment and its crew are experienced to handle this kind of eventuality.

The mother along with the baby and another passenger de-boarded and were taken to a hospital in Frankfurt, the spokesperson said, adding that the baby was doing fine.

"Our officials are in constant touch with the family and all necessary support is being provided. Soon they will be flying home with us," it said.

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