Thursday, 13 July 2017

Sint Maarten jet engine blast kills New Zealand woman



A New Zealand woman has died on the Caribbean territory of Sint Maarten after the blast from a powerful jet engine knocked her to the ground.

 
The incident happened at the famous Princess Juliana International Airport, which is just metres from the beach.


Beachgoers can walk up to the airport fence as planes take off.


Police said the 57-year-old woman had been holding on to the fence before the force of the jet engines threw her backwards, causing serious injury.


She was taken to hospital for treatment, but died later.


The particular stretch of beach on the Dutch territory is popular with tourists, partly because the planes fly extremely low over the sand before landing.


The beginning of the runway is just 50m (160ft) from the fence on Maho beach, and about the same distance to the waterline.


There are prominent warning signs in the area instructing beachgoers not to stand near the fence because of the dangerous air blasts.


Despite the danger, a number of videos circulating online show tourists clinging to the fence to prevent being swept away - and in some cases, almost being lifted off the ground.




BBC      News.