A jet blast from an airliner departing St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport has killed a tourist . The beach next to the airport is famed for its views of airliners on approach.
The spectator was a 57-year old woman, a tourist from New Zealand, who was one of several people standing close to the fence that separates the runway from a narrow road and Maho Beach. The force of the blast flung her to the ground and she hit her head.
Paramedics treated the woman at the scene and she was rushed to hospital, but she did not survive. It is common to see thrill-seekers hanging from the airport fence in defiance of several large signs that read “Do not stand. Danger. Jet Blast.” Visitors to the beach can be tossed and pushed into the water by airplanes arriving and taking off at the region’s hub airport