Latest News
Headlines

The Delta Flight That Raced Hurricane Irma - and Won

Playing The Delta Flight That Raced Hurricane Irma - and Won

The last flight to take off from San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma approached was three and a half hours of pure tension as the jet rushed to beat the storm.

Read: Center of the Storm: Simulator Shows What Happens in a Category 5 Hurricane

Radar images show Delta flight 302 flying a narrow corridor Wednesday, as Hurricane Irma loomed like a monster.

"I covered my head and my ears," passenger Sheila Sellers told Inside Edition. 

Aviation blogger Jason Rabinowitz followed every second of the flight on a tracking website.

"DL302 now taxiing for takeoff before #Irma gets really bad,” he tweeted.

“I was not expecting the response I got to this,” he told Inside Edition. “It was nail-biting, like, can they actually get back into the air before the personnel in the air traffic control tower evacuates and shuts down the airport?” he added.

Video was taken from onboard right after the plane took off. The pilot proceeded to fly his craft along that narrow corridor.

"On a scale of 1 to 10 on that flight, I would say I was 11," Sellers added. 

Rabinowitz watched in awe at the pilot's skill and tweeted: "Amazing stuff."

Read: Evacuees Trying to Leave Florida Before Hurricane Irma Complain of Outrageous Airfares

The flight arrived safely at JFK Airport in New York City. It actually arrived 30 minutes early.

The scene at Miami International Airport Thursday was filled with emotion, as huge lines of people formed to get out ahead of the hurricane's arrival. 

Some airlines are saying they are no more flights out of the city. 

Watch: How to Make an Emergency Survival Kit as Hurricane Irma Inches Closer to U.S. 

Share Share on Facebook Tweet Share on Twitter
Receive Breaking News

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your e-mail was submitted successfully.
Sorry, your email address was not processed. Please try again.
Around the Web