On Wednesday, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Caribbean. As the Category 5 hurricane blazed through the islands and made its way toward Puerto Rico, Delta Flight 302 deemed it an appropriate time to fly straight through the storm.
Passengers on the island were waiting for the plane to arrive from New York’s JFK. It left there at 8:12 a.m. and arrived in San Juan at 12:01 p.m. Then, in a record time, it had departed Puerto Rico by 12:41 p.m.
The flight was the last commercial airplane to leave the San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport out of Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon. With 185mph winds to avoid, the pilot flew between the outer band of Irma.
According to Time, thousands of Twitter users were able to follow along on the plane’s journey through the storm. Self-proclaimed aviation fan Jason Rabinowitz tweeted the flight’s journey throughout the process in real time.
Erik Snell, the Vice President for Delta Operations and Customer Center, said, “Our meteorology team is the best in the business. 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.”
What do you think about this? Bravery at its finest! In other breaking news, Hurricane Irma just completely destroyed this island, destroying 90% of structures. Please continue praying for everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma.