A woman from New Zealand has been killed after being blown over by a jet blast at Maho Beach, on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten.
The 57-year-old tourist had been holidaying with her family when she was knocked to the concrete pavement by the force of the departing plane, fatally hitting her head.
Paramedics tried to revive the injured woman, however she later died after being brought to Sint Maarten medical centre.
Maho Beach is famously frequented by incredibly low flying planes, due to its stone’s-throw proximity to the Juliana International Airport.
As a result, Maho Beach is often referred to as ‘Av Geek Mecca’ with aviation fans travelling from all over the world to experience the thrill of being so close to an airplane as it takes off.
Law enforcement officers usually patrol the beach to make sure that tourists keep at a safe distance. Despite warnings, thrill seeking tourists often stand at the fence separating the beach from Juliana Airport in order to feel the full impact of the blast.
The woman in question had been standing close to this fence when the Boeing 737 set off for Trinidad. The plane flew directly over the tourists waiting at the fence, thrusting the woman backwards.
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