Plane Blows People Off Beach During Takeoff At St Marteen

Did you know there is a section of beach on the paradise of island of St Marteen that is dangerous to tourists because of planes taking off?

One of the most famous beaches on the island of St Marteen is located in the Netherlands Antilles and divided into French and Dutch territories. It has stunning turquoise sea, warm water and is hot and sunny all year round. But none of these items are the main attraction of Maho Beach.

Located about 20 minutes from the port, on the Dutch side of the island, only a narrow avenue separates it from the local airport and it is the daily flights that attracts tourists to this section of the beach.

You are probably wondering why an airport is a major attraction. Well the runway has just over 2 miles of runway and landing and so the planes have to pass about 15 feet off the ground when they are arriving on the island.

People come from all over the world just to photograph the planes landing just above their heads.

Every time someone watches a plane arriving, most tourists rush out of the water in search of cameras and smartphones to record the moment planes arrive. For at least 25 years the airport has been the highlight of Maho Beach. So much so that the beach has already earned the nickname “airport beach” and most of the photos have a plane in the backround.

What most entertains tourists, however, is not the landing, but the takeoff. When the airplane turns on the turbines it causes a very strong blast of wind that can knock someone down. People love this, feeling the pressure of the plane when it is taking off.

There are numerous warning notices around but not everyone follows the recommendations. Some people climb onto the fence and try to hold on as the plane engines engage thrust for takeoff.

The last accident occurred in 2012, when a woman was blown away by the jet blast and suffered a deep cut to her forehead after hitting a concrete curb.

Watch the video below.

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Article Source; Daily News Dig