A plane traveling between Denver and Orlando landed with one passenger more than it had taken off after a mother gave birth thousands of feet above the prairies of the Midwest.
Flight attendant Diana Giraldo showed up to help the mother who gave birth on a Frontier Airlines flight, the company said in a Facebook post Tuesday without disclosing the specific date the unexpected delivery took place.
Ms. Giraldo took the mother to the rear toilet of the plane to assist with the delivery, where the baby was safely delivered, something the captain said was only achieved by the flight attendant’s “exemplary” and “calm” demeanor. .
“Diana again went out of her way to coordinate our return to Orlando after the flight was completed,” Captain Chris Nye.
While flight attendants are trained in numerous life-saving skills, the task of delivering a baby, while not unheard of, is fast acting skills that have been brought in to aid in other notable deliveries, including some transatlantic flights and even across the Pacific. Ocean), is remarkably rare.
While no official records have been kept by medical associations, airlines, or international agencies, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a study by medical support company MedAire found that the odds of a skyborn — which add bundles of joy that add a bonus passenger mentioned on the flight manifest – is about one in every 26 million passengers.
“The entire crew did a really great job,” added Captain Nye in the Frontier Airlines release.
The plane was scheduled to land at Orlando International Airport, but eventually a crew member suggested it make a premature landing at Pensacola Airport, about 400 miles from its original destination.
A team of paramedics stood at the gate waiting for mom and the new baby to be checked out as soon as he landed, Frontier said in the release.
“This was a job well done and I was pleased to see everyone working together to successfully deliver a newborn on an airplane,” said Captain Nye.
The mother told the airline that she had given the baby the middle name Sky to commemorate his first moments on Earth.
Frontier also noted the thematic importance of the particular jet the mother gave birth to, with an illustration of a wolf and her baby cub named Luna and Lilly on its tail.