On New Year’s Day, a newborn baby was discovered abandoned but alive inside a garbage can on an Air Mauritius jet.
The aircraft, registered 3B-NBU, took off from Antananarivo (TNR), Madagascar’s capital and largest city, at 17:08 local time and arrived at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius at 19:39 on Saturday, Jan. 1.
A 20-year-old lady from Madagascar was detained after the baby was transported to the hospital for treatment.
After completing an examination, she was confirmed as the child’s mother, despite initially refusing to say the baby was hers.
Police are guarding the woman while she is being treated at the hospital. She and the baby are stated to be in good health, according to 9news.com.au.
The Malagasy woman was granted a two-year work permit in Mauritius, in East Africa. However, she will be questioned and charged with the abandonment of an infant after she is released from the hospital.
The incident occurred on Air Mauritius flight MK289, which an Airbus A330-900 operated. The flight time is only 91 minutes, including takeoff and landing.
When customs agents checked the airliner during a routine scan, they discovered the infant.
As Simple Flying reported, an airplane is usually redirected to the nearest airport when a known birth happens onboard. For example, in August 2021, an Afghan woman gave birth on a Turkish Airlines flight leaving Dubai.
Faced with the scenario, the Boeing 777 was redirected to Kuwait, a Middle Eastern country, where the woman and her infant got medical care.