1. This Twitter thread of plane voyage from Puerto Rico in midst of Hurricane Irma will blow your mind

This Twitter thread of plane voyage from Puerto Rico in midst of Hurricane Irma will blow your mind

Just as people had started their new life following the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the shores of Puerto Rico was exposed to the fury of Hurricane Irma.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 9, 2017 5:50 PM
Just as people had started their new life following the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the shores of Puerto Rico was exposed to the fury of Hurricane Irma. (AP)

Just as people had started their new life following the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the shores of Puerto Rico was exposed to the fury of Hurricane Irma. The hurricane is a category 5 storm and is the worst to hit the shores since 1928. ‘Irma’ left the people of Carribean island displaced and in panic. Many people were stranded on the island as airline companies decided to cancel their flights after warnings were issued. However, one airline decided to carry on its services despite the deadly storm. Yes, Delta flight 431 decided 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.

Aviation blogger Jason Rabinowitz tracked the plane’s voyage using flightRadar24 and provided live commentary on Twitter, it was a nerve-wracking experience. His tweets gave adrenalin rush to so many people on the microblogging site that it even created a Twitter moment and his handle started trending.

Interestingly, Rabinowitz explained the entire situation using a sports car analogy for people to understand what was about to happen. From landing in the midst of the fierce ‘Irma’ to flying out just in time everything was nail-biting. The air velocity was around 24 knots with gusts up to 31 knots, and condition deteriorating fast it indicated everything that was below safe operating limits for the 737-900ER.

Here is the thread of the plane’s voyage:


For it’s flying route, the flight stuck to a gap between the hurricane’s outer rain band and the centre of the storm to find an open sky. It, then, managed to land safely before the scheduled time with 173 passengers on board. The plane managed a tight turnaround, with Delta recording flight 302 (the same aircraft’s return journey) departing San Juan at 12:41pm — just 40 minutes after it landed.

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