Southwest Airlines flight WN556 was scheduled to fly Philadelphia – Orlando on Sunday however a woman went into labor during the short flight and they diverted to Charleston.
According to Southwest,
“Medical personnel onboard assisted with the delivery… Emergency medical technicians met the flight upon landing and transported the parents and baby to an area hospital.”
Onboard births happen surprisingly frequently, and sometimes even wind up conferring flight benefits or frequent flyer miles.
- Woman Gives Birth on Saudia Flight, Gets Free Flight for Her Family (But Still Can’t Drive)
- Woman Gives Birth Onboard Plane, Names Child After the Airline
- Woman Who Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant Gave Birth Onboard Flight to Tokyo
- The Moment a Woman Gave Birth on a Flight to Los Angeles
- American Airlines Flight Makes U-Turn Over the Atlantic to Get Pregnant Woman on the Ground Before Giving Birth
- Youngest Baby Every to Earn 1 Million Miles
— Izzy Gould (@IzzyGould) December 4, 2016
Perhaps most impressive to me — Southwest Impressively they were on the ground only for 70 minutes. The airline was known years ago for the ’10 minute turn’ when they managed to keep their full intra-Texas schedule while returning an aircraft.
They kept the 10 minute turn even after deregulation, though of course it’s long gone.