Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Delta flight braves Irma for quick stop in Puerto Rico

Delta flight braves Irma for quick stop in Puerto Rico

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 unsafe winds.

The paper reported that when the 737-900ER plane reached San Juan at 12:01 p.m., winds registered at 28 miles per hour to 36 miles per hour - well within the safety limits for that type of aircraft.

Facebook user Wladimir Castro posted a video of the plane departing the airport as heavy winds and rain pounded down on the pavement. "Everyone else has turned around", Rabinowitz said on Twitter.

The writer tweeted updates as Delta Airlines Flight 431, headed from John F. Kennedy International Airport to San Juan, became the lone airplane headed into the path of the hurricane.

Airlines are offering more seats for those evacuating from the path of Hurricane Irma as spots on their regularly scheduled flights out of Florida fill up.

The plane flew directly from NY to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then quickly turned around and came back. He lived in Western New York for more than 50 years.

The flight quickly unloaded passengers and took on a new planeful of passengers to take to NY.

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. "I can do a whole lot of things without electricity but I can't do a whole lot of things without water".

"There are maximum tailwind and crosswind limits that have to be observed", Smith explained. He's anxious his state won't get the help they need. Delta does, Rabinowitz noted, accurately predicting the conditions would be safe to land, if nothing slowed them down.

"More than 8 hours", says Gabriela. "Flight 302 then departed San Juan at 12:41 p.m., just 40 minutes after landing, with 173 customers on board".

David Lopez already planned on traveling to CT for his family to meet his new newborn baby, but he never anticipated he'd be leaving behind his Florida home to potentially one of the strongest storms to hit the area.

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