Puerto Ricans who can afford to leave the island during hurricanes often do, but they tend to fly to Miami, which isn't an option this time since Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida next. Would you want to be on this plane?
As Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean, devastating islands and knocking out power to thousands, a lone Delta flight raced to land in Puerto Rico - and take off again - before the storm hit. "Everyone else has turned around", Rabinowitz said on Twitter.
The airline has also extended suspension of its service through Friday in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.More news: US Open 2017: Superb Kevin Anderson reaches first Grand Slam final
Irma ranked a category 5, the top of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, and the severe warnings about its power, as well as reports of the deadly flooding that Hurricane Harvey brought to Texas last week, had made preparations all the more urgent in Puerto Rico, several residents said.
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The Atlanta-based airline said it will likely cancel its flights at those three Florida airports Sunday as well, pending updates from the airport authority. 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. There was only light rain at the time of landing.
The flight landed at Puerto Rico's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport around noon and left with 173 passengers on board less than an hour later.
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.More news: NIA raids 10 locations in J&K, NCR
Experts praised the airline's forecasters, dispatchers and flight and ground crews for the successful flight after it returned from San Juan.