Hurricane Harvey left its mark on Texas and, as hurricane season goes, another Category 5 storm– Irma– is racing toward the States. Yesterday, after it made landfall on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, the hurricane was on track to hit Puerto Rico — and hard.
Some battened down their hatches to ride out the storm, but others planned to fly off the exposed island. As the hurricane drew closer, many flights were understandably not willing to risk flying through the storm. But one Delta flight took the risk.
Two JetBlue flights and one American flight tried to make it to Puerto Rico to help get stranded residents out of the storm — but they turned around fearing they wouldn’t make it out.
But then a hero came out of nowhere.
Delta flight number 431 was going for it.
People kept a close eye on the brazen plane.
“Our meteorology team is the best in the business,” said Erik Snell, vice president for Delta operations and customer center. “They took a hard look at the weather data and the track of the storm and worked with the flight crew and dispatcher to agree it was safe to operate the flight. And our flight and ground crews were incredible in their effort to turn the aircraft quickly and safely so the flight could depart well before the hurricane threat.”
The plane safely landed in Puerto Rico and took off within the hour. If you’re scratching your head as to how that’s even possible in today’s age of air travel, one Twitter user took a guess at what the tarmac looked like:
Basically this, but for a 737 pic.twitter.com/zu8zqC4Tjk
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) September 6, 2017
The flight took off and was on its way to NYC. But the flight path was what truly baffled everyone.
They fit right in there — and before long, the flight had cleared the storm!
The flight carried 173 passengers safely to New York and out of harm’s way. After the Delta aircraft took off, air traffic control ceased operations in San Juan.
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