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(Quartz)   Delta 302, it looks like the Hurricane Irma is going to be slamming Puerto Rico right about the time you're going to land. Might be a good idea to head back. Delta 302: Hold my beer   ( qz.com) divider line
    More: Scary, John F. Kennedy International Airport, United Airlines, New York, Boeing 737, Delta Air Lines, Puerto Rico, Wind, Tropical cyclone  
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2017-09-06 06:28:42 PM  
Copilot had to move from his seat, as that's where the captain put his giant brass balls
 
2017-09-06 06:41:38 PM  
It's all fun and games until you lose 100 passengers.

Pilot is going to be a  legend for pulling it off, but it was an unnecessary risk for the unsuspecting customers.
 
2017-09-06 06:43:54 PM  

Earguy: It's all fun and games until you lose 100 passengers.

Pilot is going to be a  legend for pulling it off, but it was an unnecessary risk for the unsuspecting customers.


I bet none of them were unsuspecting.  They moved the departure time up, and they could all see what was happening outside.

This was the last flight out from in front of a Cat5 hurricane.  None of them wanted to be caught there.  I half-wonder if they got out onto the tarmac to help load bags more quickly.
 
2017-09-06 06:46:12 PM  
You know that airplane isn't to scale there, they knew what they where doing.
 
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2017-09-06 07:05:45 PM  
Quite impressive.
 
2017-09-06 07:30:36 PM  

obenchainr: I bet none of them were unsuspecting.  They moved the departure time up, and they could all see what was happening outside.


This.  I can imagine the PA announcements...  "We're going to try to leave a little early.  Everyone OK with that?  How about not blocking the aisles while we're boarding, but do please try to get your luggage fully under your seat, unless you want to donate it to the folks sitting 5 rows back... now MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT."

I wonder if anyone thought to snag a screenshot of the "choose a seat" page for the inbound DL431?  I bet there weren't many people headed inbound, as opposed to the full outbound.   I'd also like to see the SOG vs airspeed for that trip...
 
2017-09-06 07:32:16 PM  

Earguy: It's all fun and games until you lose 100 passengers.

Pilot is going to be a  legend for pulling it off, but it was an unnecessary risk for the unsuspecting customers.


They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash!
 
2017-09-06 07:54:30 PM  
May I suggest the use of a different aphorism than "hold my beer"?  "Hold my beer" is best used for firecrackers, hand grenades and other feats of raw, unbridled social Darwinism
 
2017-09-06 08:08:39 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Earguy: It's all fun and games until you lose 100 passengers.

Pilot is going to be a  legend for pulling it off, but it was an unnecessary risk for the unsuspecting customers.

They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash!



...dammit.  anyway, now with visual aids (and an eerily apropos ending):
Airplane Movie Counter Point clip
Youtube Pn0WdJx-Wkw
 
2017-09-06 08:14:07 PM  
They ran out of coffee.
 
2017-09-06 08:55:36 PM  
So, they said "to hell with the lemon soaked paper napkins?"
 
2017-09-06 08:58:33 PM  
If that were a United flight they would have diverted and charged everyone extra for the free stopover.
 
2017-09-06 09:00:12 PM  
That's awesome.
 
2017-09-06 09:01:20 PM  
52 minute turn is "impressive?" I was on a SWA plane once that did it in seven minutes.
 
2017-09-06 09:02:03 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-09-06 09:02:25 PM  
If they can do that in the face of a storm, why is every other flight late with the sun shining brightly outside?
 
2017-09-06 09:07:02 PM  
The return flight evacuated about 100 non-revs. Doubt anyone on either leg minded a bit of bumps considering the purpose of the flight.
 
2017-09-06 09:08:46 PM  
tse4.mm.bing.net
Nailed it.
 
2017-09-06 09:09:46 PM  

daphne: May I suggest the use of a different aphorism than "hold my beer"?  "Hold my beer" is best used for firecrackers, hand grenades and other feats of raw, unbridled social Darwinism


You can suggest it. You just can't get it. (Insert jokes about my dating life here).
 
2017-09-06 09:11:41 PM  
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.

Who in their right mind would want to fly to Puerto Rico before a megafark storm.
 
2017-09-06 09:13:00 PM  
Bad Subby, DL302 was taking off about the time Irma was hitting Puerto Rico.
 
2017-09-06 09:13:31 PM  

Sum Guye: [img.fark.net image 751x849]


Beat me to it!
 
2017-09-06 09:15:01 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: 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.

Who in their right mind would want to fly to Puerto Rico before a megafark storm.


My guess: media to report on the scene, advance teams for relief and recovery efforts.
 
2017-09-06 09:15:15 PM  
I was on a flight where weather had just turned to shiat over the entire eastern seaboard as we were going from Chicago to Baltimore.  We are up there circling and suddenly the captain comes on and says "everybody hang on we are going in" and I mean we are going down amazingly fast jerking up and down due to the updrafts and downdrafts from the thunderstorms until just before landing when we hit clean air and boom we are down.

Completely amazing, the guy saw the opportunity and took it...later find out they were worried we did not have enough fuel to make it somewhere else without a storm before running out and crashing.
 
2017-09-06 09:17:17 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-09-06 09:19:15 PM  
This is a great story.. really cool. All day I've been thinking about st John, where I left a little bit of my white kid, drunk ass, slacker heart so many years ago, getting destroyed by this storm. This story, for some reason, makes me happy. Good job delta
 
2017-09-06 09:19:39 PM  
the flight managed to get out of Puerto Rico at 12:41pm, 24 minutes ahead of its scheduled takeoff.

I wonder how many people showed up 20 minutes before the regular departure time and discovered the flight had already left.

/my kind of luck
 
2017-09-06 09:20:22 PM  

daphne: May I suggest the use of a different aphorism than "hold my beer"?  "Hold my beer" is best used for firecrackers, hand grenades and other feats of raw, unbridled social Darwinism


It's appropriate here.
Airline pilots are involved.
 
2017-09-06 09:21:07 PM  
It's like that time ... over Mache Grande
 
2017-09-06 09:21:15 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: 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.

Who in their right mind would want to fly to Puerto Rico before a megafark storm.


I was more surprised they took the time to clean the plane.  Look, when there's a hurricane bearing down, I won't mind if there's a loose peanut or some used napkins stuffed between the seat cushions.
 
2017-09-06 09:21:54 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: If they can do that in the face of a storm, why is every other flight late with the sun shining brightly outside?


The thing is, it's not that they're lazy. It's a problem of motivation.
 
2017-09-06 09:21:58 PM  
To be fair, they were all $3000 non refundable one way tickets. So Delta probably made almost half a mil off that one flight.
 
2017-09-06 09:24:22 PM  
We're gonna have to come in pretty low to land this thing.
 
2017-09-06 09:24:31 PM  

wademh: It's like that time ... over Mache Grande


I'll never get over Macho Grande. :(
 
2017-09-06 09:25:10 PM  

wademh: It's like that time ... over Mache Grande


I'll never get over macho Grande
 
2017-09-06 09:28:02 PM  
A view from the cockpit.....

img.fark.net
 
2017-09-06 09:28:35 PM  

daphne: May I suggest the use of a different aphorism than "hold my beer"?  "Hold my beer" is best used for firecrackers, hand grenades and other feats of raw, unbridled social Darwinism


I wouldn't want to use any other aphorism in this type of situation just like there aren't any movies worth referencing other than Airplane! and that's a scientific fact.
 
2017-09-06 09:29:07 PM  
When I flew from HKG-SEA about ten days ago, we left during a typhoon. Not "just in front of", but during. The only cancelled flights were ones where the inbound aircraft was grounded at its source. Of course it wasn't a CAT5, but it was still pretty crazy. We had to wait a bit for the winds to shift to a somewhat consistent direction, then they launched as many aircraft as possible before the winds changed again.

/It was also a Delta flight.
//It takes a lot to shut down Hong Kong.
///Science (and engineering)... it works, biatches. It may not seem like a big deal, but our ability to launch aircraft in such severe conditions is a testament to the power of human innovation if it's allowed to flourish.
 
2017-09-06 09:31:37 PM  

quinxy: wademh: It's like that time ... over Mache Grande

I'll never get over Macho Grande. :(


Shakes tiny fist.

/had the lasagna
 
2017-09-06 09:36:44 PM  

idrow: the flight managed to get out of Puerto Rico at 12:41pm, 24 minutes ahead of its scheduled takeoff.

I wonder how many people showed up 20 minutes before the regular departure time and discovered the flight had already left.

/my kind of luck


On my aforementioned typhoon flight I arrived a little over three hours early. Partly because of the prospect of an early departure, but also I wanted to make sure the MTR didn't shut down while I was on the way to the airport. And I knew that if I arrived at the airport and checked in, from that point it was Delta's responsibility.

In these situations, you make the call early and stick with your decision. Either get there early and be prepared to camp out in the airport, or hunker down wherever you are and deal with the logistics later.

And many long-haul international flights do leave early (OK, maybe not ones originating from the US, but it's common elsewhere), so it's a good idea to get there early regardless. Better to sit there for an extra hour than camping out for a day waiting for the next one because you missed yours by 20 minutes.
 
2017-09-06 09:38:51 PM  
"Please turn off all electronic devices.  I SAID TURN OFF ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES.  Could someone please help this passenger turn off her electronic device?"


img.fark.net
 
2017-09-06 09:38:55 PM  
All weather is local

They flew around the bad part
 
2017-09-06 09:39:42 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: drjekel_mrhyde: 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.

Who in their right mind would want to fly to Puerto Rico before a megafark storm.

I was more surprised they took the time to clean the plane.  Look, when there's a hurricane bearing down, I won't mind if there's a loose peanut or some used napkins stuffed between the seat cushions.


I have a feeling that they just refilled or checked for two things: barf bag and the seat's flotation device.
 
2017-09-06 09:43:06 PM  
That captain just wanted to get some "Before" pics.
 
2017-09-06 09:44:48 PM  

ar393: quinxy: wademh: It's like that time ... over Mache Grande
I'll never get over Macho Grande. :(
Shakes tiny fist.
/had the lasagna


I know, right?  I couldn't believe no one else took the bait.
 
2017-09-06 09:44:54 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: 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.

Who in their right mind would want to fly to Puerto Rico before a megafark storm.


They're just prepositioning the insurance adjusters.
 
2017-09-06 09:47:32 PM  
You know who never got to be in Puerto Rico during a catagory 5 hurricane? George Zip.
 
2017-09-06 09:49:57 PM  
Stay buoyant my friends
 
2017-09-06 09:57:56 PM  
This is going to be worse than anyone knows.
 
2017-09-06 09:58:02 PM  
I'm here for the spaghetti models. Where can I find some spaghetti models?
 
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