Delta flight races Hurricane Irma to Puerto Rico and back, and WINS


Ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Puerto Rico, a Delta Air Lines flight from New York was able to burn into San Juan this afternoon, load up passengers, and squeak out again.

Jason Rabinowitz, an aviation industry observer, tracked the flight all along the way on Twitter.

The flight was even at a bit of a disadvantage, it took off 34 minutes late from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.

The turnaround was remarkably quick.


From touching down on the runway to taxiing to the gate, unloading bags and passengers, cleaning the plane, loading new bags, boarding new passengers, taxiing back out and taking off: 52 minutes.  


Here's video of the Delta flight taking off. 

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