The passenger list for a Hawaiian Airlines flight from American Samoa to Hawaii grew by one when a passenger gave birth about midway through the five-hour flight.
The pilot, Capt. Kevin Hardin, radioed Honolulu when Leatumauga Faasala, 21, went into labor Thursday. The airport's urgent care center contacted Dr. Barbara Warkus, an obstetrician-gynecologist.She stayed on the phone for 45 minutes giving instructions to a radio operator, who relayed them to the pilot, who gave them to the stewardesses.
Two nurse-passengers, Nancy Thurston and Peggy Cleveland, assisted in the delivery of Faasala's 5-pound, 4-ounce boy as the plane crossed the equator at 33,000 feet.
Hardin gave the Fassalas a handwritten "Certificate of Live Birth" signed by the flight crew and the nurses. Also included was a map plotting the route of the flight and spot where the boy was born (0 degrees latitude, 167 degrees longitude).