October 21, 2021

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Baby born on London-Kochi AI flight; aircraft diverted to Frankfurt

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Baby born on London-Kochi AI flight; aircraft diverted to Frankfurt
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Baby born on London-Kochi AI flight; aircraft diverted to Frankfurt
Baby born on London-Kochi AI flight; aircraft diverted to Frankfurt

NEW DELHI: Air India’s London-Kochi flight of Tuesday is being rerouted to Frankfurt after a baby was born on board the Boeing 787. The woman went into labour sometime after the plane took off from London at 1.21 pm (local time in UK) or 6.51 pm IST. A doctor who was on board and the flight’s cabin crew helped deliver the baby. At that time, the aircraft was over the Black Sea en route to India. Since the newborn and the mother needed medical care, the airline decided to divert to the nearest airport that was Frankfurt and has turned in that direction. The aircraft was winging its way to Germany at the time of filing this story. An AI spokesperson confirmed this.
The aircraft has over 210 people on board, including 193 economy and 11 business class passengers. The aircraft is expected to land in Frankfurt at 11 pm IST. “We have always put passenger wellbeing over monetary aspects. The moment the baby was born and knowing that our destination was several hours away, we immediately decided to divert to Frankfurt,” said a person in the know.
“The human face of Air India was evident yet again as a lady passenger flying from Kochi to London went into labour mid-air. Our experienced cabin crew swung into action and identifying doctors on board sought their assistance to give birth to the child. To ensure the wellbeing of the newborn, the flight is being diverted to Frankfurt as a medical emergency without any commercial consideration of such unscheduled landings,” said a person in the know.
Many AI employees see both of the baby just ahead of the announcement of the airline’s future buyer, likely to be founder Tata Group, as a “good sign.” “We are awaiting the rebirth of our airline under the new owner, hopefully, the Tatas. This is the beginning of new beginnings,” said a long time employee.

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