Southwest plane from SFO lands in Los Angeles after passenger gives birth mid-flight

Stephen M. Keller

A Southwest Airlines flight out of San Francisco International Airport was diverted to Los Angeles this morning after a woman gave birth on board, airline officials said today.

Flight 623 departed SFO at 6:25 a.m. en route to Phoenix, but was diverted after a woman on board went into labor, according to Southwest spokeswoman Emily Samuels.

A nurse and doctor were on board the plane and able to assist the woman, Samuels said. Paramedics met the flight at the gate and escorted the family to a nearby hospital.

The flight, carrying 111 passengers, will arrive in Phoenix two to three hours late.

No update was immediately available this morning on the status of the mother or child, Samuels said.

“We love being able to connect our customers to the important moments in their lives but this isn't normally what we mean,” Samuels said.

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