This Delta plane flew safely in and out of Hurricane Irma

Marco Green
September 11, 2017

But the pilots, ground crew and dispatchers for Flights 431 and 302 appeared to just be following protocol.

The plane flew directly from NY to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then quickly turned around and came back.

The flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 shared a radar image showing the plane heading into San Juan from NY just before noon Wednesday as the swirling storm was set to engulf the island.

According to Flightradar24, Delta flight 302 took off from New York's John F. Kennedy airport at 8:39 a.m. Wednesday headed for San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The return flight successfully landed in NY at 4:22 p.m., more than 30 minutes early.

Photos show the tricky path that the plane had to take to avoid the worst bits of turbulence.

And check out how the plane weaved its way through the outer bands of Irma to get out of dodge. What we do today might make a difference between life and death, ' said Puerto Rican General Governor Ricardo Rosello Nevares in a press round in San Juan Tuesday.

Considering the strength of Hurricane Irma and the devastation it has left so far in its path, Delta's mission in and out of Puerto Rico before the storm hit seemed intense.

It is now a category five hurricane and is not expected to slow down for multiple days.

As Delta 431 flew to Puerto Rico, Twitter users cheered on the flight, giving kudos to the airline's dispatch team for expertly monitoring the volatile weather conditions against the Terminal Aerodrome Forecast and navigating the flight to its destination.

More than 90 percent of Barbuda has been destroyed, and 95 percent of St Martin has been destroyed.

French, British and Dutch military authorities rushed aid to a devastated string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least 10 people dead and thousands homeless as it spun toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.

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