Aviation

Baby dies on Perth-bound AirAsia flight

A two-month old baby has passed away on an AirAsia flight to Perth over the Easter long weekend.

An AirAsia spokesperson confirmed a medical emergency involving an infant on board flight D7236 from Kuala Lumpur to Perth yesterday morning.

“The safety and well being of our guests is always our number one priority, and in accordance with procedure, the flight crew requested medical assistance on landing at Perth International Airport,” the spokesperson told Travel Weekly.

“Upon arrival, the aircraft was met by a team of medical specialists and the relevant authorities, including the West Australian Police.

“We are unable to comment further on the infant’s medical situation. However, our thoughts are with the infant and family involved.”

Nadia Parenzee was a passenger onboard the flight and offered to help the baby’s parents after she became distressed, according to ABC News.

Parenzee, a former nurse, said the baby died in her arms as she tried to soothe her, and that the parents were from Saudi Arabia and were looking to start a new life in Australia.

AirAsia’s Perth-Kuala Lumpur flight D7237, which was scheduled to depart yesterday morning at 6:50am, was subsequently delayed by four hours.

The airline’s spokesperson said it was assisting and re-booking guests who have onward connections from Kuala Lumpur.

“AirAsia apologises for any inconvenience caused by the delay of Flight D7237,” the spokesperson said.

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