Jet flight from Saudi Arabia diverted to city after mid-air birth

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The incident occurred on a Jet Airways flight 9W 569 which took off from Dammam at 2:55 a.m for Kochi with a pregnant woman on board. In April, a 28-weeks pregnant passenger onboard a Turkish Airlines flight went into labour shortly after the aircraft took off from Guinea capital, Conakry, for the Burkina Faso capital Among the passengers was a paramedic who, along with the flight attendants, assisted the pregnant passenger, Cicymol Jose, a source said.

When Jose Cicymol boarded the Jet Airways flight in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, she did not expect to alight with her child. 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. A medical emergency was declared and the flight was diverted to Mumbai. "The crew cut the umbilical cord and did everything to keep the mother and child comfortable", an official said.

"Guest delivered a baby boy at 35000 ft". "Upon landing, both mother and the baby were rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital in Mumbai and are doing well". However, since it was diverted to Mumbai, it reached Kochi after a delay of 90 minutes. The airline then expressed its gratitude to Ms Wilson, the on board paramedic for her guidance in the procedure.

Mumbai: A premature baby boy was born early on Sunday on a Jet Airways global flight that was flying from Dammam in Saudi Arabia to Kochi.

Jet Airways allows women to fly up to 35 weeks of pregnancy with "fit to fly" certificates and medical clearances depending on the type of pregnancy.

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