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Brave Delta Pilots Save Lives: flies straight into Hurricane Irm

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Old Sep 11, 17, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
I really doubt that DL said "screw the risk." That would be highly irresponsible. DL carefully assessed the risk and possible ways to mitigate it before deciding to go with the flight.

Fine, I'll follow your logic.

Then Delta deserves a hand for being much more careful to think of possible ways to mitigate it before deciding to go with the flight. I didn't see others do this.
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Old Sep 11, 17, 9:33 am
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Old Sep 11, 17, 3:07 pm
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Impressive indeed

The Pilot who flew the Jet in is a Retired Lt. Colonel of the Air Force. I am sure he flew in far worse conditions in an Air Force jet and is more than qualified to assess the risk and proceed. Great job by Delta.



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Some very brave pilots from Delta; flight records show plane landing in Puerto Rico as storm hit and departing with 170 people on board 40 minutes later!!

As Hurricane Irma threatened to make landfall in Puerto Rico, most pilots were avoiding the area. Understandably so, perhaps.

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One Delta Airlines plane, however, headed straight toward the storm. The pilot landed on the island as it was engulfed and got away again within an hour, taking more than 170 people out of the path of the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.

Despite the extreme weather closing in, the airline described conditions as “well below operating limits” for the aircraft when it arrived. Flight records examined by the Guardian show it arriving in San Juan on Puerto Rico’s north coast, and leaving again about 40 minutes later.

“Our meteorology team is the best in the business,” said Delta’s Erik Snell. “They took a hard look at the weather data and the track of the storm and worked with the flight crew and dispatcher to agree it was safe to operate the flight. And our flight and ground crews were incredible in their effort to turn the aircraft quickly and safely so the flight could depart well before the hurricane threat.”

To read the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...es-puerto-rico
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Originally Posted by barney44 View Post
The Pilot who flew the Jet in is a Retired Lt. Colonel of the Air Force. I am sure he flew in far worse conditions in an Air Force jet and is more than qualified to assess the risk and proceed. Great job by Delta.
Thanks for the info. I was speculating that there might have been some especially qualified/experienced pilot involved with the flight, although perhaps any DL pilot could have done it.
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Old Sep 11, 17, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
You're right. Sorry. Indeed I meant to quote post #32 above by wolf72.
It's okey. The other poster you quoted was being silly so you got the quotation right.

But comparing avionics from 1989 as far as weather radar is concerned to weather radar installed on most aircraft TODAY is like comparing a pair of Nike Pegasus running shoes in 1986 to the more comfortable running shoes you buy on the market today.

Same exterior. Potentially same designs. But so much more comfortable and more advanced and a lot more expensive.
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Originally Posted by barney44 View Post
The Pilot who flew the Jet in is a Retired Lt. Colonel of the Air Force. I am sure he flew in far worse conditions in an Air Force jet and is more than qualified to assess the risk and proceed. Great job by Delta.
He is a hero to the 170 people he brought out. As much as there is so much jealousy on here about him and his co-pilot going beyond the norm to get in and get out in 40 minutes before the storm hit, he deserves a pat on the back.

Lives were saved.
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Old Sep 11, 17, 5:38 pm
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I think the ground crew also deserve special thanks for gettting the aircraft turned around so quickly. Similarly, the passengers probably cooperated by boarding quickly to facilitate this, although they had every incentive to want to get out ASAP.
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Old Sep 11, 17, 5:43 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
I really doubt that DL said "screw the risk." That would be highly irresponsible. DL carefully assessed the risk and possible ways to mitigate it before deciding to go with the flight.
There was no risk to that flight. If there was even the slightest bit of risk, they would have cancelled the flight. The airline industry operates with some of the highest safety margins of any industry.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
I think the ground crew also deserve special thanks for gettting the aircraft turned around so quickly. Similarly, the passengers probably cooperated by boarding quickly to facilitate this, although they had every incentive to want to get out ASAP.
Agreed. I think getting an aircraft loaded/refueled/boarded in 40 minutes is very very efficient. Over here in Asia, the average turn around time is 60 minutes in comparison so they did a very good job.
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