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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 22 November 2018

Baby born on Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi

Flight diverted to Mumbai after woman goes into labour mid-flight

Flight EY 474 was diverted to Mumbai after a woman went into labour. AP
Flight EY 474 was diverted to Mumbai after a woman went into labour. AP

A woman gave birth on an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, which had to be diverted to Mumbai on Wednesday.

Indian officials said Flight EY474 left the emirate for Indonesia’s capital early on Wednesday morning but had to be diverted to India after the Indonesian woman went into labour.

The passenger "delivered a baby girl about 40 minutes before landing" in Mumbai, a spokesperson from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport said.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and the flight departed Mumbai at 9.40am local time to complete its journey to Jakarta.

Last year, an Indian women gave birth on a Jet Airways flight from Damman in Saudi Arabia to Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The flight was also diverted to Mumbai.

Jet Airways said it was the first time a baby had been born on one of its flights and that it had given the boy free travel for life on the airline.

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