KEY POINTS

  • The plane was traveling from Denver International Airport to Orlando International Airport
  • The aircraft landed early at Pensacola Airport in Florida, where the paramedics helped the mother and newborn
  • The newborn was named Sky to honor her unusual birth 

A crew member of Frontier Airlines has been hailed a hero after helping a pregnant passenger onboard give birth safely during mid-flight.

The unidentified woman went into labor while the plane was traveling from Denver International Airport to Orlando International Airport, the airline announced Tuesday. The flight attendant, identified as Diana Giraldo, acted quickly and took the expecting mother to the back lavatory, where she helped her during the "unexpected labor," NBC News reported.

The captain said during the delivery, he transferred control of the plane to his first officer as he coordinated a diversion to land early at Pensacola Airport in Florida, where the paramedics were waiting to receive the new mom and baby to provide them medical assistance. 

"The baby couldn’t wait, so the early and unexpected labor took place on a flight from Denver International Airport to Orlando International Airport (MCO)," Frontier Airline wrote on their Facebook page, sharing the pictures of their staff and the newborn child.

"‘Exemplary’ and ‘calm’ were the words Captain Chris Nye used for Flight Attendant Diana Giraldo’s heroic task of delivering a baby recently mid-flight...Diana again went above and beyond after the completion of the flight to coordinate our return to Orlando," the statement read.

Nye also appreciated the entire team members for a "job well done" as they worked together to deliver the child safely.

The new mom gave her baby the middle name "Sky" to honor her unusual birth during flight.

A United Airline passenger gave birth to a baby boy in February while the pregnant woman was traveling from Accra, Ghana, to Washington, D.C. The woman who was only expected to deliver late in February went into labor unexpectedly while the aircraft was at 30,000 feet in the air and thousands of miles away from the final destination. The woman had a safe delivery while she was assisted by a doctor who was traveling on the flight, along with one of the flight attendants, who was a trained nurse.