TAMPA, Fla. — A plane carrying Americans from Israel landed at Tampa International Airport Sunday night bringing home nearly 300 evacuees who were unable to return home due to commercial flight cancellations, according to statement from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office. 

What You Need To Know

  • A plane carrying nearly 300 Americans evacuating from Israel landed in Tampa on Sunday 

  • Project Dynamo led the rescue efforts 

  • The flight follows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order authorizing flights to bring Americans back to the U.S.

Project Dynamo lead the rescue effort after DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-208 "to allow Florida to carry out logistical, rescue and evacuation operations to keep its residents safe," the statement read. 

More than 270 passengers on the plane were brought home to Tampa and seven to Orlando. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, first lady Casey DeSantis and their kids were there to greet passengers.

"We want to be helpful," said Gov. DeSantis. "I think everybody was you know very relieved."

Once the plane landed, evacuees were able to access resources from multiple state agencies. 

The order also allows the Florida Division of Emergency Management to transport necessary supplies to Israel. DeSantis plans to send medical supplies, hygiene products, clothing and children's toys to Israel to help impacted Israelis. 

“This just shows when there’s a need, we saw our folks needed help ... a big issue for this state,” DeSantis said.

The group that led the mission — Project Dynamo — says it is an international organization that focuses on war zones.

Project Dynamo CEO and founder Bryan Stern says there were plenty of obstacles leading up to the mission, including missiles being fired off as their plane took off.

"A lot of fear of the unknown ... People cried as we touched the ground," Stern said.

Stern says this was more than “just getting to the airport and getting on a plane.”

He says their group has a team of case managers who have been working with evacuees for close to a week.

The governor’s office says the Division of Emergency Management will lead efforts for additional flights, continuing to take more supplies to Israel and bringing Floridians home.