Air Malta pilot, Captain Robin Zammit, and his crew flew against the clock on Sunday to take a baby in critical condition to Heathrow, London.
The baby was given a 50% chance of surviving before arriving at the hospital in London, so Captain Zammit and his crew knew that every minute was vital.
They took a number of measures to ensure that the flight time was as short as possible, with the Captain managing to get clearance to land on the runway which planes normally take off from. This decision alone saved the crew 20 minutes of holding in the air, but Zammit pushed it even further.
An Air Malta plane arriving in Heathrow normally takes about 15 minutes to stop at its final position after landing, but thanks to this crew, it only took four minutes. “Every minute counted, and everyone did a great job,” Captain Zammit commented.
As Zammit carried on to explain, Air Malta is among one of the very few airline companies that equips its planes with a specifically designed incubator for cases like the one we saw last Sunday. This meant that even though this was a commercial flight, the plane could also serve as an air ambulance, which would normally take up an entirely different and separate flight in of itself.
A short while after arrival, Captain Zammit and his crew (Konrad Scicluna and John Mejlak) were thankfully informed that their efforts had not been in vain, as the assisting doctor declared that the baby’s condition had improved.
Praise for this heroic act quickly flooded Facebook as the news broke out.
And as Captain Zammit himself explained, this heroic act was about much more than just one pilot’s decision to do everything possible to save the baby.