American Airlines sends plane filled with 14,000 pounds of supplies to the Bahamas

(WSVN) - An American Airlines plane dropped off over 14,000 pounds of supplies to the storm-ravaged Bahamas.

The flight left Miami International Airport early Thursday morning, headed to Nassau and returned by the afternoon.

The supplies will help more than 30 American Airlines team members living on the islands.

Ropes, tarps, pots, batteries and other non-perishable supplies were unloaded.

“Try to put your foot in their shoes about how horrific it must have been to ride through the storm,” said Juan Carlos Liscano, Vice President for the Miami Hub.

Crew members said they felt it was an honor to head over and do this for their team members, who are more like family.

“Bahamians are resilient, and they’ve been through a lot. They’re going to get through this, and we’re going to be there to help,” said one American Airlines employee.

American Airlines officials said they want to go back to the Bahamas as often as possible to take necessary supplies to their employees.

“This is a journey, and we’re just getting started,” said Liscano. “This is a very big time of need for them. I think when you look at the images, it’s going to take a while, and the need will be there for quite a bit.”

Hurricane Dorian destroyed communities like Marsh Harbour, where American Airlines employees stay. Luckily, the company has heard from nearly all of their team members.

“Some of them on the roof of their house saying, ‘I’ve been here for two hours with my 8-year-old son.’ That was Brandy, one of our employees, and she was saying, ‘I don’t have anymore strength. I can’t take it anymore,'” said Vice President for International Operations Jorge Ramirez.

The supplies unloaded on the island will be put into containers and taken to the areas that were hit the hardest.

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