Pilot turns plane around

A family nearly missed being able to attend their father’s funeral — but they got to say goodbye after all thanks to the heartwarming act of a Delta pilot.

ABC News  reports that the Short family was on their way from Phoenix to Tennessee to bury their father, who had passed away from cancer.

They had an unexpected 90-minute delay taking off, so they had less than 10 minutes to get a connecting flight in Minneapolis. The flight was the last going to Memphis, Tenn., that day.

Pilot turns plane around

Pilot turns plane around

When they reached their gate in Minneapolis, the plane was taxiing toward the runway.

The family was devastated. The father began crying and waving his hands in the window in an attempt to get the pilot’s attention.

The pilot spotted him, and knew what he had to do.

He told Fox 10 he didn’t need to hear words because he could see the devastation on the family’s faces.

The family was headed to the funeral of Jay W. Short, a 56-year-old husband and father of three who died on Dec. 16 after losing a battle to lung cancer about five months after being diagnosed.

“This was our last chance to say goodbye to my dad and if we missed the flight we would [have] missed the funeral,” Nicole Short-Wibel, Jay’s daughter, told ABC News.

“My son and I are waving our arms at the pilots and the ground crew as my two daughters are crying their eyes out. We are pleading for them to not take off,” Marcia Short, Jay’s wife, wrote in a post that was displayed on her daughter’s Facebook page. “If we did not get on that flight we would miss the funeral. We had to get to Memphis.”

He turned the plane around and picked the family up.