Baby born during flight : Woman gives births on flight taking off from San Francisco

Updated: December 10, 2014
Baby born during flight : Woman gives births on flight taking off from San Francisco

Baby Born During Flight on Southwest Airlines, What lands with one more passenger than it takes off with? Not a riddle – a Southwest Airlines flight landed in Los Angeles with a bonus passenger on Tuesday.

Ken Marshall, who said he was a passenger on the flight, said most people aboard Flight 623 didn’t realise the woman was in labour until they heard the baby crying and her husband calling a flight attendant for help.

He said the woman told the surprised flight attendant: “I just had a baby.”

Moments later, a doctor and a nurse who happened to be onboard scurried to help. The flight crew gathered blankets to cover the baby and asked passengers if they had something sharp to cut the umbilical cord. One passenger searched her cosmetic bag and offered a pair of beauty scissors, which were used to cut the cord, Marshall said.

Soon after, the pilot announced that the woman had given birth to a baby boy, at which point the passengers cheered, he said.

The 6:24am (local time) flight left San Francisco heading to Phoenix, but it was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport after a flight attendant told the pilot the plane needed a cleaning, Marshall said.

The woman apparently remained seated in her window seat while she gave birth, he said. “It was very shocking,” said Marshall, who sat two rows in front of the woman.

The doctor and nurse remained with the mother, her family and the flight crew until the plane landed about 7:30am (local time) in Los Angeles. Paramedics came onboard and provided immediate medical aid to the mother and newborn, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

There was no information on how far along the woman’s pregnancy was or if the baby was premature. Her name was not released.

The family was taken to a hospital and mother and child were in good condition, Scott said. Marshall said the baby is the mother’s second child.

The remaining 111 passengers continued on to Phoenix on a new aircraft, an airline spokeswoman said.