“We confirm that a baby boy was delivered prematurely on flight 6E 122 from Delhi to Bangalore. There are no further details available,” a spokesperson for the carrier told the Hindustan Times.
Mother and infant were well taken care of according to a fellow traveller on the flight.
“Was on @IndiGo6E 6E 122 flight to BLR, woman gives birth mid-indiair, amazing team work of indigo flight attendants,” tweeted Prabhu Stavarmath.
Was on @IndiGo6E 6E 122 flight to BLR, woman gives birth mid-indiair, amazing team work of indigo flight attendants. They setup a hospital in minutes and the new born cried mid air. Dr Shailaja Vallabhani was fortunately on this flight!
Thank you god n entire @IndiGo6E crew. 🙏
— Prabhu Stavarmath (@Stavarmath) October 7, 2020
“They setup a hospital in minutes and the new born cried mid-air. Dr Shailaja Vallabhani was fortunately on this flight!
“Thank you God and entire @IndiGo6E crew.”
Pictures of the unexpected arrival, which took place on 7 October, show crew members in PPE holding the tiny baby.
It’s far from the first time a baby has been born in the air.
In September, EgyptAir flight MS777 from Cairo to London had to do an emergency landing when Yemeni passenger Hiyam Nasr Naji Daaban realised she was going into labour.
The pilot diverted the service to Munich, Germany, in hopes that Daaban could reach a hospital in time.
However, the prospective mother delivered a baby girl before the plane could land, with the help of a doctor who happened to be on board.
In response, the airline said the child will receive free EgyptAir flights for life – though the offer seemingly only extends to Munich, where the aircraft was diverted to.