A woman was blown away by the engines of a departing aircraft at Princess Juliana International Airport; the airport is famous for being adjacent to Maho Beach, a popular resort in the Caribbean Island.
Princess Juliana International Airport serves Sint Maarten which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The runway, known as runway 10/28 is very short, only 2300 meters long. It starts behind a fence next to the beach and ends not far from the foothills, which require departing planes to make a rather sharp turn to avoid the mountains. Arriving aircraft must fly over the beach at minimal altitude. Departing jets start their sprint along the runway right next to the fence separating the airstrip from the beach.
Obviously, the jet blast from departing aircraft is dangerous to people standing on the pathway along the beach, behind the fence. Government and airport signs warn beach-goers about standing too close to the runway."Jet blast of arriving and departing aircraft can cause severe physical harm resulting in extreme bodily harm and/or death.”
However, some youngsters enjoy the thrill of hanging on to the fence surrounding the runway to be blasted by the jet flow. On Monday April 9, a girl attempted to hang on to the fence as long as possible while a Jet-Blue plane was departing, but she had to give up and was blown away hitting her head against a low concrete wall by the beach, as reported by Herald Sun. It’s unknown whether she may intend to try the stunt again.