Delta Goes Big, Then Goes Home
In the face of a category 5 hurricane, Delta Air Lines meteorologists, dispatchers, pilots, cabin crew, and ground crew accomplished an incredible feat on Wednesday. As Hurricane Irma bore down San Juan, Puerto Rico, Delta sent one last flight to help evacuate a few hundred people from San Juan just before the airport closed.
Delta managed to time the arrival just right and DL431 landed at 11:58 local time.
Less than an hour later, the flight was back in the air to New York as Delta 302.
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) September 6, 2017
As DL302 departed, it followed the gap between Irma’s outer band and the core of the storm, allowing the aircraft to navigate in relatively calm air.
Delta 302 landed back in New York at 16:15 local time, 46 minutes ahead of schedule.