Woman gives birth on PAL flight to US


Posted at Sep 20 2011 05:30 PM | Updated as of Sep 21 2011 03:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine Airlines passenger gave birth to a baby boy while on board PAL's B747 flight from Manila to San Francisco on Monday (Tuesday morning in Manila).

A PAL press release said Aida Alamillo, a passenger of PAL PR flight 104, with seat number 83J, gave birth with the assistance of three nurses on board and several cabin crew led by flight steward Francis Lloyd Lobo.

PAL said passengers "cheered as the baby boy filled the cabin with his cries."

Flight Purser Antonia Castañeda described the baby as having "good skin color." Her Flight Incident Report (FIR) said the "baby started to breast feed" and gave a "loud cry" after being born.

The mother was described to have had "minimal pain."

An ambulance and a team of paramedics were alerted prior to the plane's landing. Mother and child were assisted by the PAL Cabin Crew team, the PAL staff from San Francisco station and the medical team upon arrival in the city.

They were brought to the Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.

The PAL flight departed Manila at 10:24PM  and arrived San Francisco 7:27 PM. Actual time of birth was at 3: 25 PM (US time)