AirAsia Flight AK 6506 from Penang to Kuching
was blessed with a new member onboard on Wednesday, when a guest,
Liew Siaw Hsia, 31, gave birth to a baby boy.
When Liew began to show signs of discomfort
while the flight was en route to Kuching, an emergency re-route to
Kuala Lumpur was immediately initiated. On the flight was Dr.
Ronald Tang, also a guest on the flight, attended to Liew and
provided initial medical attention. He was duly assisted by the
airline’s flight attendants, who rendered essential support and
ensured Ms. Liew’s comfort in preparing for a possibility of
delivery on board.
The baby was safely delivered when flight AK
6506 was approaching Kuala Lumpur for landing at 2,000 feet. As
soon as the aircraft landed, an ambulance, medical staff and
AirAsia ground staff were already waiting to transfer the mother
and baby to the hospital. AirAsia also provided an ambulift to
facilitate transfer of both mother and baby from the aircraft into
the ambulance. They were brought to Putrajaya Hospital for further
On Thursday (23 October) AirAsia’s Director of
Operations Moses Devanayagam, Flight Attendant Manager Jackie Teo
and flight attendants visited the mother and child at the hospital
to convey their well wishes and announced that they are granted
free flights on AirAsia for life.
AirAsia said in a statement that it is
very happy to have a first baby delivered onboard its aircraft,
and that both mother and baby are healthy and safe.
Moses said, “I would like to congratulate Ms.
Liew and wish her all the best of luck. Delivering a baby at 2,000
feet is indeed a very rare experience, and certainly she will
cherish the moment forever. To celebrate this momentous occasion,
we decided to present both mother and child with free flights for
life. We look forward to them flying AirAsia for many years to
“I would also like to thank Dr. Ronald Tang for
giving Ms. Liew the best care whilst the flight was on course to
Kuala Lumpur. Facilitating a birth on a flight is definitely a
heroic feat, and we are very privileged to have him onboard,” he
When contacted by AirAsia yesterday, the hero of
flight AK 6506, Dr. Ronald Tang praised AirAsia’s competency in
handling the situation.
He said, “AirAsia’s staff did a great job in
handling the situation. They were very efficient and helpful. The
staff has done something really significant by comforting,
reassuring and accompanying the mother at all times. The delivery
was blessed with no complications. The mother and baby were safe
and immediately transferred to the hospital upon landing.
Everything was smooth and efficient. Well done to all!”
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