Lucky baby gets free flights for life after being born on London-bound plane

A lucky baby who made an unscheduled arrival at 2,000ft will never have to fork out on expensive plane tickets after being gifted free flights for life to mark her unusual entry to the world.

The EgyptAir flight MS777 was en route from Cairo to London when Yemeni passenger Hiyam Nasr Naji Daaban realised her little bundle had no intention of waiting any longer.

Its quick-thinking pilot diverted the plane to try and make an emergency landing at Munich but the new arrival was born mid-air before the flight touched the runway.

A doctor who happened to be on board ensured the safe arrival of the newborn.

The generous airline later tweeted that the youngster will be privy to free EgyptAir flights for life.

It tweeted: "It is our pleasure to receive a new customer to Egypt to fly to the world on board our plane and we are also pleased to present her with a souvenir to celebrate with her family.

"Rushdi Zakaria, Chairman of the Holding Company for Egypt, congratulated the passenger Hiyam Nasr Naji Daaban, a Yemeni national, for her safety and granting her newborn a free lifetime travel ticket, which she gave birth on board the plane during the EgyptAir flight yesterday from Cairo to London."

The tot was not the first to benefit from the free ticket for life gesture.

A 31-year-old AirAsia passenger prematurely went into labour on a flight in 2009 while travelling from the northern island of Penang to Kuching on Borneo island.

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Liew Siaw Hsia was 27 weeks pregnant – 11 weeks short of the full term – and was also delivered by a doctor who was coincidentally on the same flight.

Her baby boy received free flights for life from the budget travel company.

And a baby girl born on an Irish train last year will have free rail travel until she turns 25 after she made an early arrival on a service from Galway to Dublin.

In yet another turn of good fortune, a doctor and two nurses who were on board helped with the safe delivery.

Dr Alan Devine said he arrived just in time "catch the baby when it came out".

The GP was out of his comfort zone, adding: "This was totally chaotic and it was just, 'this is happening whether we like it or not, so let's just do the best we can'."

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