LOS ANGELES — Baby’s first flight took on a whole new meaning when a woman gave birth aboard a Southwest Airlines flight in midair Tuesday morning.
According to Southwest officials, the baby was born shortly after Flight 623’s 6:24 a.m. PT takeoff. The flight was then diverted to Los Angeles International Airport about 7:30 a.m.
The flight was originally bound for Phoenix from San Francisco.
A nurse and doctor were coincidentally on the flight and assisted in the delivery and care of the mother and baby until flight crews landed the plane and paramedics could take over, reported KTLA-TV.
The plane was met by a Los Angeles Fire Department emergency response team upon landing, according to LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado.
Both mother and child were transported to a local hospital and are “doing fine,” according to Alvarado.
“LAFD praises an ER RN that assisted the mother in giving birth prior to our arrival,” LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said in a statement.
After a 2½-hour delay, the 111 other passengers aboard Flight 623 were able to continue their journey to Phoenix aboard a new aircraft.