Wreckage and Recovery in Puerto Rico After Irma

Wreckage and Recovery in Puerto Rico After Irma

Delta Flight 302 was the last commercial airplane to fly out of Puerto Rico's San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on Wednesday afternoon before the airport shut down amid 185 mile-per-hour winds. "Following that, reopening the ports is a top priority, but we have to make sure we also do it safely".

As Hurricane Irma bore down on the southern United States on Wednesday, airlines adjusted flight schedules, made cancellations and assured passengers they would not have to pay unusually high fares ahead of the storm's arrival. She is anxious of what the aftermath for Irma will look like.

Aviation reporter Jason Rabinowitz tracked the tricky flight using FlightRadar24 and provided live commentary on Twitter.

"We're hearing all the worst news of how this is the biggest storm to ever hit the island", said Flores as he tried to reach his uncle in Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard assets conducting overflight and port assessments include two Air Station Borinquen MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews and Aids-to-Navigation Team San Juan 55-foot Aids-to-Navigation Boat crews.

People in Puerto Rico know well the impact a Category 5 hurricane can have.

The flight landed back in NY at 4:16 p.m. ET, 46 minutes ahead of schedule, according to FlightRadar24. According to Rabinowitz, they were on the ground for a total of 52 minutes - which isn't long when you think of getting all the passengers and bags off, and then a whole other load getting back on. There was only light rain at the time of landing.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled due to the storm, but the crew for Delta flight 431 decided they were up for the challenge. Winds were recorded at 28 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour - well under the maximum limits for their Boeing 737-900ER plane to operate safely. Delta flight DL431 stayed its course, heading right at the storm.

Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that it's bumped up capacity on flights from at least seven different airports in Irma's path, adding more than 2,000 more tickets, all of which were capped at $399.

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