In other depressing flight-related news, a baby has died after an unexpected premature birth aboard a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to New York. The mother was in the late stages of pregnancy but had been medically cleared to fly, and went into labor a few hours after the plane took off.
The flight was promptly redirected to the closest major airport, in Tokyo, where emergency crews were waiting. According to South China Morning Post, the woman and baby were rushed to a Tokyo hospital when the plane landed, but the infant passed away soon after landing. A colleague of the flight crew told SCMP that, “they [aboard the plane] were absolutely brilliant and did everything they could in very difficult and distressing circumstances […] It was just a terribly unfortunate thing to happen.”
Passengers more than 28 weeks pregnant are required by Cathay Pacific to obtain permission from a doctor before flying, which the woman apparently had done.
We all really, deeply, want a positive air travel story one of these days.