woman dies by plane takeoff

The Caribbean island of Saint Maarten is known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but one beach in particular also has the distinction of being extremely dangerous.

Maho Beach, a popular tourist attraction in Saint Maarten, is famous for its close proximity to Princess Julianna International Airport, and beachgoers will frequently stand at the airport fence to experience the high winds caused by planes landing and taking off.

In the summer of 2017, a 57-year old woman was tragically killed after a blast from a nearby jet knocked her to the ground.

According to local officials, the woman had been holding onto the fence that separates the beach from the airport when a gust of wind generated by one of the jet’s engines propelled her backwards.

The woman died a short time later in a local hospital.

For years, tourists have flocked to the beach to experience the planes flying so close to them, but this has resulted in several injuries, including one in 2012. In the video below, a woman proves to be no match for the airplane’s engines that blew her into a cement wall.

While tourists eagerly flock to this location, there are warning signs telling people not to stand near the airport fence.

Rolando Briston, who is the director of tourism for the island “met with the family of the deceased this evening and while they realized what they did was wrong, through the clearly visible danger signs, they regret that risk they took turned out in the worst possible way. At this time I only wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones while we continue to investigate what transpired just hours ago.”

While going to this beach and watching the planes land and take off looks cool, it is extremely dangerous, and all visitors should pay attention to the warning signs and not engage in this activity.

Source: Fox News

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