A 57-year-old female tourist, believed to be from New Zealand, has been killed after being hit by a jet blast on the Caribbean island of St Maarten, famous for the low-flying planes that appear to almost skim the sand as they approach Juliana International Airport.
Despite signs warning of the danger, and constant police patrols, it’s a tourist ritual for some thrillseekers who flock to the beach and road, and hang onto the dividing fence to take selfies, with aircraft looming so low the images appear to show people touching the planes.
On Wednesday at around 6pm [local time] police say the woman was among a group of people who were holding onto the airport fence during the take off of a large jet aircraft. During the take off the woman ‘…was blown away by the jet blast…’. She later died from her injuries.
IMAGE: File image – Maho beach in St. Maarten is known for its views of airliners on approach to Princess Juliana airport. (STEINGRÄBER/ULLSTEIN BILD VIA GETTY IMAGES)/nydailynews.com
via NY Daily News