Delta Flight Takes Off from Puerto Rico Airport During Hurricane Irma

People buy materials at a hardware store after Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irma in Bayamon

The streets of San Juan were littered with downed trees, power lines and signs from buildings on Thursday but residents of Puerto Rico's capital were relieved that they had spared the devastation Hurricane Irma wrought elsewhere in the Caribbean. All passengers made it safely to their destinations.

And check out how the plane weaved its way through the outer bands of Irma to get out of dodge.

With Hurricane Irma hovering ominously off the coast of Puerto Rico, most flights were turning around.

American Airlines, for example, told BuzzFeed that the airline company is trying to add more flights to its schedule to accommodate those who are trapped. According to HuffPost, these flights departed from Miami International Airport and Ft. Rabinowitz live-tweeted the flight, first asking, "You really want to fly into SJU during a category 5 hurricane, DL431?"

Rabinowitz tracked the maneuver, essentially in real time, on his Twitter account.




Meanwhile, Flightradar24 also tweeted about the flight: "Where others have turned back, Delta #DL431 presses on".

Arecibo was the largest single radio dish in the world for more than half a century, until China's Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) became operational past year.

A Delta spokeswoman told The Huffington Post that the flight traveled from NY to Puerto Rico "on a safe route, touched down, picked up the people that needed to be picked up and made it back to John F. Kennedy". The flight landed at 12:01 p.m.in light rain with nine miles of visibility, with wind gusts to 31 knots, which is well within operating limits for the aircraft to fly safely, according to Michael Thomas, a Delta spokesman. Winds were well below operating limits for the 737-900ER to safely operate at around 28 miles per hour, and gusts up to 36 miles per hour.

Fifty-two minutes after landing, the time had come.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Snell said: "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".

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