Were You On This Delta Plane That Flew Into Hurricane Irma?

Were You On This Delta Plane That Flew Into Hurricane Irma?

A pretty impressive feat, though as Wired points out, what was most impressive was how quickly the crew in San Juan managed to turn the flight around. "As DL302 departed, it followed the gap between Irma's outer band and the core of the storm, allowing the aircraft to navigate in relatively calm air", it said.

The Category 5 storm destroyed homes, schools, and roads as it roared through the northeast Caribbean this week and heads toward Florida.

Nearly 200 people were evacuated from San Juan in Puerto Rico thanks to Delta Airlines just before the island bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday.

After a quick turnaround of 52 minutes, which included refuelling and taxi time, the plane took off again to make its way back to NY.

Thousands of Twitter users followed along in real time thanks to Jason Rabinowitz, a self-proclaimed aviation fan who tweeted DL302's trajectory and shared remarkable photos of the flight taking on Irma's risky winds.

The Washington Post reports that the plane landed in San Juan just after 12 p.m. and took off 40 minutes later.

Were You On This Delta Plane That Flew Into Hurricane Irma?
Were You On This Delta Plane That Flew Into Hurricane Irma?

Aviation blogger Jason Rabinowitz tracked the plane's voyage using flightRadar24 and provided live commentary on Twitter, it was a nerve-wracking experience.

HuffPost reports that Rabinowitz had acknowledged that Delta left 25 minutes early from NY so as to leave Puerto Rico earlier.

Flight data shows that a Delta flight from NY to San Juan arrived at the airport, pulled into the gate and departed less than an hour later with 170 passengers on board to successfully escape one of the worst storms the Atlantic Ocean has ever seen.

According to Delta, its meteorology team had deemed the plane safe to fly into the storm. There was only light rain at the time of landing. How was the approach to San Juan?

Hundreds of flights were cancelled due to the storm, but the crew for Delta flight 431 decided they were up for the challenge.

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