An Emirates flight from Dubai to Manila made an emergency landing at the city airport on Thursday morning after a Filipino woman gave birth to a girl on board.
The baby and the woman have been admitted to hospital and are safe, airport officials said.
According to airport sources, the pilot contacted the air traffic control (ATC) while the flight was over Chittagong in Bangladesh and sought permission for an emergency landing.
By the time the flight landed at 10.28am, the 30-year-old woman, Kyamko Jina, who was travelling with husband Supraveda, had already given birth.
There were no doctors on the board the flight but Jina and the child were stable.
“We have sterilised the baby and kept him under observation. However, the mother and the child both are stable and have been kept on a normal bed,” said Sushovan Dasgupta, the chief executive officer of Charnock Hospital, off VIP Road.
An ambulance of the hospital had arrived at the airport before the plane landed.
“We were first told that it was a pre-mature delivery but while examining the baby we found that she was fully matured. The delivery was due in two days,” Dasgupta said.
“Since airlines do not appoint doctors to accompany fliers, we enquired whether there was any doctor among the passengers of the Emirates flight. But there was none,” said an airport official.
The flight with 403 passengers left Calcutta at 11.45pm.