Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Southwest Plane From San Francisco Diverted To Los Angeles After Baby Is Born Mid-Flight

southwest.jpg
Southwest (Photo by Bill Abbott via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

A flight out of San Francisco bound for Phoenix got diverted to LAX this morning when a woman gave birth to a baby mid-flight.

For better or for worse, it sounds like it all happened pretty fast: the woman gave birth "slightly" after takeoff, which was at 6:24 a.m., Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Emily Samuels told KTLA. Luckily, there was a nurse and doctor aboard who pitched in.

Baby and mom were doing fine when they landed at 7:38 a.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics were on hand to offer medical aid before transporting the pair to a hospital. The rest of the 111 passengers faced a two and a half hour delay before continuing on to Phoenix.