NZ tourist killed by blast of plane taking off from Caribbean island

The St. Maarten Airport has a very clear sign that warns of the danger of standing too close to the fence
The St. Maarten Airport has a very clear sign that warns of the danger of standing too close to the fence
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13 Julio, 2017

Paramedics rushed to the scene after the incident, which reportedly happened at around 6pm on Wednesday.

The airport is well-known for jet blasts as a result of its proximity to a nearby road which draws crowds of onlookers.

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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it is following up the reports.

The airport in St Maarten is considered to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world as it because of the location of its runway with a public beach at one end, and a mountain at the other.

The St. Maarten Airport has a very clear sign that warns of the danger of standing too close to the fence.

The BBC reports that local police said in a release that tourists are discouraged from clinging to the runway fence.

'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'.

"At this time I only wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones while we continue to investigate what exactly transpired just hours ago", Brison said in a statement. She sustained minor injuries. This is the first death at the site, though a woman was seriously injured in a similar incident in 2012. Despite signs warning of the dangers that the aircraft's jet engine blast can pose, the beach has become a major tourist attraction for thrillseekers.

'Yes, the family did confirm that [she was a New Zealander] to me, ' Mr Brison said.


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