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Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017
On the evening of Sept. 1, in coordination with the Texas Air National Guard, American operated a rescue flight into Beaumont Texas’ Jack Brooks Regional Airport. Local residents had been brought to the airport for transport out of Beaumont after the city’s water supply had been compromised.
Many of the 134 passengers were in compromised health and several had to be hand carried up the aircraft’s rear stairs. American team members pulled together to arrange the flight and get evacuees safely out of Beaumont. The flight landed at D/FW around 10:30 p.m. central time and passengers were transported to Dallas-area shelters.
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On the evening of Aug. 28, American operated a rescue flight to help team members at Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Houston Hobby (HOU). American dispatched a Boeing 757 from DFW to IAH to deliver more than 14,000 pounds of supplies to our team members. The flight, which returned to DFW, also picked up 28 crewmembers and 12 of our colleagues from Mesa Airlines who had remained in Houston during the height of the storm.
American Airlines team members loading hurricane relief aid
Darrin Pierce, crew chief, Fleet Service, DFW, supervised his team loading the supplies for the rescue mission. Darrin is all too familiar with the devastating effects of a hurricane, as he was a victim of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “I lost everything in Hurricane Katrina,” said Darrin, who is from New Orleans. “There’s nothing more valuable to people in need right now than having supplies being given to you. With the water damage, you may not have electricity, clothes, pillows, water. This kind of storm can literally wipe out everything you need. I have a great crew, and we were happy to help get the plane loaded, in the air and off to Houston.”
There are 550 American and Envoy team members living or based in Houston and surrounding areas, including Beaumont and Corpus Christi, Texas and Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana.
Source:- American Airline