Delta Plane Braves the Storm, Brings Back 173 People Safely

Delta Plane Braves the Storm, Brings Back 173 People Safely

Delta Plane Braves the Storm, Brings Back 173 People Safely

Delta Flight DL431 from JFK to San Juan left NY at 8:39 Wednesday morning, as Hurricane Irma was approaching Puerto Rico.

Delta had a scheduled flight from NY to San Juan, which was scheduled to leave at 8:05am.

However, recent reports have revealed that a Delta flight quite literally flew to where Irma is and made it back in the nick of time.

Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean as the scale of devastation in its wake begins to emerge.

Shortly thereafter, the Delta jet was back in the air, on its way back to NY as Flight 302 before conditions at the airport became too extreme for commercial airline operation. Flight 302 departed San Juan with 173 passengers on board, the airline said.

Twitter user and "aviation geek" Jason Rabinowitz live-tweeted the ordeal while watching radar technology.

The flight crew that brought the plane safely into San Juan was relieved by a second crew that flew the plane back to NY.

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The plane flew through the outer edges of the storm, eventually arriving back in NY almost 30 minutes ahead of time.

Though flight deplaning is a largely long and frustrating process, Delta said that in this case it was a walk in the park.

Harp said many businesses are closed because they don't have power while others are running on generators.

According to Delta, flight 431 arrived safely at 12:01pm (local time) to light rain.

Vice-president for Delta operations and customer centre, Erik Snell, told The Washington Post that the successful mission was thanks to a joint effort by flight and ground crew, dispatchers and their meteorology team.

While the escape certainly looks harrowing, the flight crew and Delta Airlines clearly knew that they had a window in which they could operate both flights safely. Considering its winds were recorded to be at 185 miles per hour, many flights going to the same destination was canceled.

He got to San Juan on Sunday for a vacation and tried to fly back early to avoid the storm, but everything was sold out.

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