It turns out that an earlier mid-air medical emergency caused the delay in departure of the Air Asia flight from Kuching to Penang last night.
The plane, on an earlier flight from Penang to Kuching, was forced to divert to KLIA after a woman on board went into labour, according to a passenger.
She delivered on board, at the back of the aircraft, just as the plane was about to land in Sepang.
It is believed to be the first birth on board an Air Asia craft.
Thankfully, a doctor was on board and attended to the woman.
The airlines’ public relations could be improved. Passengers waiting in Kuching for the flight to Penang were kept in the dark. If they had been told that a medical emergency had caused the flight delay, perhaps they would have been more understanding.
The flight attendants handled the difficult situation well – though they were probably not trained for this sort of emergency. Naturally, they appeared a little shaken, according to the passenger, who said that passengers boarding at Kuching were asked not to sit at the rear of the plane.
Because of the airlines’ tight turnaround time and the diversion, the airline crew did not have the opportunity to thoroughly clean the back section of the plane before picking up passengers in Kuching. A pile of tissues could be seen in one corner – evidence of a hasty clean-up job.
The question is, did the airline violate any civil aviation rules in this episode?