A woman has given birth to a baby boy on a flight from London to India after going to work two months prematurely.
Maria Philip, originally from Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India, flew to Kochi from Heathrow on October 5, but she began to experience pain shortly after takeoff.
The plane had to stop in Germany, where mother and child were taken to a nearby hospital, where the airline swore to fly them home when they are well enough.
The expectant mother was seven months pregnant, so did not expect to welcome her baby until later in the year.
Luckily, she had the help of two doctors and four nurses who happened to be on board.
When the Air India crew realized what was happening, they found a crowd of health personnel traveling on board, and with their help, the baby arrived safely while the plane was still in the air.
The plane then made an emergency landing at the nearest airport in Frankfurt, Germany, where mother and baby were met by medical staff and driven to the hospital to be checked.
Air India has promised to fly them both home to India when they are well enough. The flight continued the planned journey and landed in Kochi six hours behind schedule.
Air India said: “Kudos to our crew and special regards to the doctors and medical staff on board for making it easy for the mother.
“Our aircraft is well equipped with all the necessary medical equipment and our crew has experience in dealing with this type of eventuality.
“Our officials are in constant contact with the family and all necessary support is provided. Soon they will be flying home with us.
“May God bless the child with a healthy and long life.”