Princess Juliana International airport in St. Martin is really close to Maho Beach on the Dutch side of the island. A popular tourist activity involves holding onto the fence while nearby planes take off. The winds created by the jet’s engines create a tremendous force often sending people flying in the air.
However, sometime people get hurt as you can see in this YouTube clip from 2012.
You’ll notice the woman being blown off the fence , hitting a concrete barrier and suffering injuries. There are many signs right by the runaway warning people about the dangers of the force of the planes taking off.
Unfortunately, this same activity cost a 57 year old New Zealander her life yesterday after she was blown off of the fence and sustained life threatening injuries which she ultimately died from.
My thoughts and prayers go out to this woman’s family and it can serve as a warning to other tourists to not attempt this deadly activity when visiting St. Martin.