Former Racine resident makes it through Hurricane Irma

Marsha Scott
September 10, 2017

Yes, Delta flight 431 made a decision to fly from New York's JFK airport directly into the path of the hurricane for its destination San Juan and fly back in a very very short time, just hours before the hurricane hit.

Jason Rabinowitz, who writes at Airline Reporter, watched and tweeted today as Delta Flight 431, from NY, headed for the storm.

Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean as the scale of devastation in its wake begins to emerge.

Meanwhile, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines - which also flies to several locations in Irma's path - had to cancel several upcoming flights including San Juan and Havana.

Screenshot of flight radar image showing Delta flight 302 heading back to NY.

A self-described aviation geek, Jason Rabinowitz, was watching flight radars as the storm approached.

"You really want to fly into SJU during a category 5 hurricane, DL431?"

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While the assessment of impact across the island continues, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company's preliminary report shows that major tourism infrastructure and attractions are operational and the island can continue to welcome new visitors.

The crew on this plane was able to get all passengers to the gate, deplaned, boarded for a return flight, and then off the ground in just 51 minutes, according to Jalopnik.

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.

Irma is the most powerful Atlantic storm in ten years, with winds up to 185 miles per hour. There was only light rain at the time of landing.

Erik Snell, the Vice President of Delta Opearations, said their meteorology "is the best in the business".

They even managed to take off using a gap between Irma's core and the storm's outer bands, an impressive feat of flight planning and execution. That's one of the reasons why Flores Vazques said he didn't feel safe enough to leave the San Juan area.

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