A plane carrying a 7-month-old baby from Mount Pleasant, S.C., to Toronto for treatment of a life-threatening medical condition was forced to land here Saturday after it was unable to land in Toronto.
The baby and her family later were transferred to another plane at Buffalo Niagara International Airport and flown to Toronto after the airport there reopened.
Isabella Rose Meyerhoffer, accompanied by her mother, Sarah, and grandparents, was flying to Toronto on a US Airways Express plane from Charlotte, N.C., when the baby's heart monitor went off. The plane was unable to land in Toronto because the airport was closed temporarily. No reason was given for the airport shutdown.
The plane was diverted to Buffalo, said Harry Spector, public affairs director for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The baby, suffering from infantile spasms, required an emergency medical procedure not available in the United States, Spector said.
Later, in a driving rain, NFTA police and airport rescue and firefighting personnel assisted in transferring the baby to an Air Canada plane that had been diverted here after it also was unable to land in Toronto. The plane left for Toronto at about 7:45 p.m.
Another Toronto-bound Canadian Airlines plane made an emergency landing here at 5 p.m. after the pilot radioed the airport because the plane's right engine wasn't functioning.
No one was injured when Flight 756, carrying 81 passengers and a five-member crew from Orlando, Fla., landed, Spector said.