A pilot and engineer went into ‘the eye of the storm’ when they flew a plane into Hurricane Irma to spread the instruments known as ‘Dropsondes.’ It helps measure and predicts the movement of the hurricane as in which direction it might head or at which speed. It gives an upper hand to the local governments and authorities to prepare beforehand so that the damage can be reduced to a minimum.
According to pilot Lieutenant Robert Mitchell, he and Underwood had ‘been flying into Irma for three days.’ Before Irma arrived, they were ‘looking closely into’ Hurricane Harvey to track it. Hurricane Irma’s imminent collision comes just days after Hurricane Harvey has damaged Houston, Texas. Experts claimed Irma to be a Category 5 hurricane, making it the most powerful ever storm recorded in the Atlantic.
A video of the plane flying into the Hurricane Irma was recorded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) engineer Nick Underwood, who was sitting in the back of the aircraft while the plane headed into the storm.
The footage from Underwood’s record shows the strength of the devastation Hurricane Irma is capable of.
Even knowing the extreme danger this mission possess, Nick and company flew into the eye of the storm and when asked, said, “I love my job, and it was my job to get it done so I had to do it.”