Last updated: 11:03 AM ET, Thu January 07 2016

Hero Pilot Makes Emergency Landing to Save Baby

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 07, 2016

Hero Pilot Makes Emergency Landing to Save Baby

A pilot from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is being called a hero after he diverted a flight to save the life of a baby boy allegedly going into cardiac arrest.

According to Georgia Diebelius of the Daily Mail, the KLM flight from Amsterdam to Singapore was three hours into a 13-hour trip when a baby on board went into cardiac arrest. A doctor on the plane assisted the child, but his condition did not immediately improve.

Acting quickly, the pilot made the decision to divert the plane to the nearest airport in order to get the baby medical attention, finally deciding on Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest, Romania.

One of the passengers on the flight, Netherlands disc jockey Mental Theo, witnessed the whole incident first hand and shared the ordeal on Twitter:

The Daily mail translated the latter Tweet from Mental Theo as saying, “Heroic action. Captain @KLM on a flight to Singapore!! Fast emergency landing prevents death of little baby on board!”

Once the plane landed safely in Bucharest, the baby was rushed to the hospital. Mental Theo reported that the captain updated the remaining passengers that the child and his mother were doing well, but would remain in Romania as the plane continued its journey.

While at the Henri Coanda airport, the KLM flight topped off its fuel and then departed around midnight for Singapore.


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