The parents of a two-month-old baby who died on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Perth on Monday morning were about to start a new life for themselves in Australia.
A passenger who helped the parents take care of their sick baby said the Saudi couple were ‘on their way their way to start a new life for themselves here in Australia.’
It’s been revealed that the baby girl named Farah was ‘crying continuously’, in what the passenger described as ‘two and-a-half hours of chaos’.
‘I immediately knew something was horribly wrong and shouted out to the passengers to see if there were any doctors on board,’ passenger Nadia Parenzee wrote in a Facebook post.
‘I had a new born baby take her last dying breath in my arms.’
My heart is numb and I don’t know how to feel but I am honestly honoured to have held her and read a prayer on her before she passed,’ she wrote.
Ms Parenzee said the baby’s parents are from Saudi Arabia, and were on their way to Perth for a fresh start.
She praised the staff on board the Air Asia flight, ‘you were amazing and I commend your professionalism.’
The plane landed at Perth International Airport at 5.30am.
An AirAsia spokesman said the plane was met by police, paramedics and airport authorities when it arrived at Perth Airport at 5.30 Monday morning.
‘Looks like the doctor/paramedic and police officers have come out from the aircraft,’ a witness traveler wrote on Twitter.
An baby capsule was seen being removed from the plane and police have taken away bags of evidence.
Meanwhile, federal police and forensic investigators remain at the scene to complete a final investigation into the baby’s death, and to interview staff who were on board the flight.
The airline has since released a statement saying they will not be commenting further on the death.
‘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,’ he said.
‘Our thoughts are with the infant and family involved.’
Police say a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Police in Perth say they are preparing a report for the coroner.