57-year-old tourist from New Zealand died on the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean sea, watching the takeoff of a Boeing 737 from behind the fence of the international airport Princess Juliana, one of the most dangerous in the world.
About it writes on Thursday, July 13, the news service of the BBC.
The airport is named after Juliana, Queen of Netherlands, who visited here as crown Princess in 1944 – a year after the opening of the airport.
The end of the runway of the airport, the length of which does not exceed 2300 meters, is located directly on the beach, close to Maho beach, so that aircraft during landing flying at an altitude of 10-20 meters above the heads of tourists. It is also called «a Paradise for spotters» – the term adopted to refer to people who love to watch the airplanes from a close distance.
The woman looked at the takeoff of the aircraft, holding on to the fence of the airport, and it blew strong air flow from the engines. According to local media reports, a tourist fell and hit his head on concrete construction and died in hospital from traumatic brain injury.
The Caribbean island of Saint Martin is divided into two approximately equal parts between France and the Netherlands. Princess Juliana international airport and the adjacent Maho beach located on the Dutch side.
Around the perimeter of the air port installed signs warning of the danger of being at the boom. Despite this, dozens of tourists standing, clinging to the mesh fence, and taking selfies. Some posted on the Internet records show the legs of a thrill off the ground under the action of the air flow coming from the engines of ships.