Tourist killed by jet blast at notorious Caribbean airport

Woman was watching takeoff when she was knocked over

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A tourist has been killed after being knocked over by jet blasts at a famous airport in the Caribbean.


The 57-year-old woman from New Zealand was watching a Caribbean Airlines plane take off at Princess Juliana Airport on the island of St Maarten when the accident occurred.

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She was standing by a fence at the end of the runway, a common practice for tourists in the area, and was knocked over by jet blasts as the plane took off. She sustained head injuries and was taken to hospital, where she later died.

The airport has often found itself on 'most dangerous' lists because it sits right next to a public beach. Holidaymakers often like to stand at the end of the runway and take close-up pictures of the planes taking off.

Tourist killed by jet blast at notorious Caribbean airport


The internet is full of videos of people doing just this, although the airport has put up warning signs to stay away from the runway.

People can be seen in their swimwear as planes swoop in seemingly right over their heads as they come in to land.

Following the tragic fatality, police have issued a fresh statement warning tourists to stay away from the runway. According to the Telegraph, a spokesman said: "Many tourists come to the island to experience the thrills of the landing of approaching aircrafts flying low above their heads and the holding on to the airport fence and standing in the jet blast of large aircraft taking off

"Doing this is, however, extremely dangerous."


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