Brooklyn residents pack care packages for Puerto Rico ahead of Hurricane Irma

Brooklyn residents pack care packages for Puerto Rico ahead of Hurricane Irma”

According to Flightradar24, Delta flight 302 took off from New York's John F. Kennedy airport at 8:39 a.m. Wednesday headed for San Juan, Puerto Rico.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NEWS CENTER) - Beth and Peter Richardson are Portland natives but find themselves trapped in Puerto Rico waiting out the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history: Hurricane Irma.

Jason Rabinowitz, a self-described aviation geek tweeted the flight's trajectory in real time, uploading images of the plane climbing out of San Juan between the outer band of Irma and the core of the storm.

Delta executive Erik Snell praises the quick turnaround. How was the approach to San Juan?

Looking east from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Irma is active, the waters are still fairly calm - at least at this point.

The plane took off less than an hour later with a new group of passengers for the return trip to NY.

The flight ended up leaving just a few minutes after when it was meant to, and remarkable landed seven minutes earlier than scheduled.

Radar data of the plane's flight path offered a spectacular show for aviation enthusiasts who followed in real time as Delta Flight 431 headed south right into the risky storm before noon.

Patrick Smith, an airline pilot who runs the blog Ask the Pilot, told HuffPost, "When it comes to winds on the ground, there's not a whole lot that's subjective about it". "Above and beyond any hard-and-fast limits, if you've got powerful gusts, severe turbulence, extreme precipitation or other clearly unstable conditions, no airline is going to sanction flight in those conditions". Winds were well below operating limits for the 737-900ER to safely operate at around 28 miles per hour, and gusts up to 36 miles per hour.

The plane flew directly from NY to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then quickly turned around and came back.

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