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BillB

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Last ever 747 to buzz the beach at notorious Caribbean runway on St Maarten

It was a blast while it lasted: Last ever 747 to buzz the beach at notorious Caribbean runway on St Maarten touches down

 

One of the best things about Maho Beach, for many, on the Caribbean island of St Maarten-St Martin was seeing KLM's 747s roar overhead to the airport nearby. But the last ever hair-raising landing by a jumbo belonging to the carrier was made on Friday.

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We knew this would have to happen:
New Zealand woman dies after jet blast from a plane coming in to land over Caribbean beach 'knocked her to the ground as she held on to a fence at notorious danger spot' 

A woman has been thrown to her death after a low flying plane blew her off her feet at a famed Caribbean beach.

The New Zealand woman joined hundreds of other tourists at Sint Maarten to watch planes landing at the beachside Juliana International Airport.

The woman, 57, was holding onto the fence when she was blown from her feet before hitting her head on the rocks and suffering fatal injuries.

A woman has been killed after she fell and hit her head when the force of a jet flying overhead blew her from her feet at a world famous beach (pictured) in Sint Maarten, the Caribbean
 

A woman has been killed after she fell and hit her head when the force of a jet flying overhead blew her from her feet at a world famous beach (pictured) in Sint Maarten, the Caribbean

Tourists visiting the picturesque beach regularly climb up onto rocks to watch planes come into land, despite signs specifically warning against the danger.

The woman is believed to have been with her family when a Boeing 737 took off for Trinidad, tossing her back onto the concrete.

The woman suffered serious injuries after hitting her head on the concrete and was rushed to Sint Maarten Medical Center, where she died shortly afterwards. 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4691872/New-Zealand-woman-killed-plane-Sint-Maarten-beach.html#ixzz4miSrnWGF
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When landing in St. Maarten, on the Caribbean island's Dutch side at Princess Juliana Airport, a certain strip of beach is visible out the plane window. Of course, it's not just a simple view--planes essentially land on top of beach goers on Maho Beach in order to land safely.

If you've ever done the landing, it's quite jarring. Out the window, you can essentially see every detail of the semi-worried sunbathers below, right down to whether a bathing suit has polka dots or not.


It's all very "Wayne's World", like when Wayne and Garth park their car near an airport runway to watch the underbelly of an airplane land. Except in this case, it's innocent beach goers.


The beach has gained notoriety for its nearness to the airport and is, it seems, consistently flooded with tourists who want to catch a close-up glimpse of a plane. Note to self: It's REALLY loud.


Have you ever been to Maho Beach? Send us your photos on Twitter @aoltravel.


Been to another beach adjacent to a runway? Let us know about it!


Check out photos of the action below, and check out the video below!


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