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Delta Air Lines helps stranded fifth graders after interrupted flight



Delta Air Lines recently lent a helping hand to a group of fifth graders after an interrupted flight left them stranded in Oklahoma.

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Earlier this month, 41 students and their chaperones were flying from Tulsa to Richmond, Virginia, for a summer vacation. But American Airlines called off the trip due to bad weather.

The whole party received a full refund and was stuck in the airport for more than six hours.

But Delta came to their rescue.

Some agents reached the airline's headquarters in Atlanta and bought a spare aircraft, which was flown to Oklahoma especially for fifth graders.

They had the plane to themselves and made it to the destination safely.

"@ Delta THANK YOU for getting this group of 5 degree out of OKC and to Richmond Virginia on a private flight when @AmericanAir wanted to leave us stranded!" Tweeted Shantell Barbour, one of the chaperones. "Most amazing company to work at 3:00."

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"Seeing people for who they are and not just customers from one carrier or another is what really made this story possible," said Join a statement to USA Today. "While we are in the travel industry, we see ourselves as in the personal business first, and we couldn't be happier for these students to make the journey."

American Airlines also sent a statement to the publication. It said more than 300 others were canceled that weekend because of the weather.

"We're sorry for the cancellation," it said, "which was the result of bad weather that was out of our control."

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