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LAD Flies Plane Through Hurricane Irma And Videos His Experience

LAD Flies Plane Through Hurricane Irma And Videos His Experience

Why anybody would want to fly through a hurricane, whether it's your job or not, is beyond me.

However, that's what Nick Underwood does - and this time he's filmed the whole thing.


The aerospace engineer recorded the moment he flew into Hurricane Irma, arguably the most powerful hurricane on record, before casually telling Twitter: "Now everyone is going to know I'm terrible at cinematography while under harrowing conditions."

Watch the clip below:

Credit: Nick Underwood / NOAA

The American aerospace engineer was flying on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to record the category five hurricane - the harshest possible rating.


The video shows the plane ratting and shaking as it is buffeted by the very storm it was sent up to measure.

According to the Daily Mail, Nick's job is to sit at the back of the plane and deploy instruments called 'dropsondes', which are swept up in the storm's winds.

As the instruments are thrown around, they build up an idea of the shape, movement and form of the hurricane, which helps to predict its future behaviour.

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Once his results are solid, he then sends the information back down to the National Hurricane Centre.

Writing on Twitter, he explained how he wasn't fazed by any of the scary scenes in front of him.

He said: "My headset of the plane lets me pipe in some music. It automatically lowers the music volume when someone talks so you still know what's up.

"On last night's flight, we're approaching the storm at like four in the morning and I'm a little sleepy, so I put the workout playlist on.

"We're flying along as we enter the eyewall (where bumps tend to be worst) 'X Gon' Give It To Ya' by DMX comes on and it's PERFECT.

"So, you can imagine me in an airplane getting tossed around in a major hurricane and just going hard to DMX. I loved it."

He later put up a tweet highlighting a favourite part of the job: "A little kid in Barbados... wanted to shake my hand because I 'hunted the big storms.'"

Hurricane Irma is currently moving across the Caribbean and is the size of France in scale, registering speeds of 185mph.

Credit: PA

In fact, over Barbuda it broke recording equipment meaning no further readings were received, and in some places the background noise from the storm has registered on some earthquake-detecting seismometers.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Hurricane Irma

Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.