Woman dies from jet blast at popular tourist spot
There's nothing quite like Saint Martin's Maho Beach. As beaches go it's not much. But it's what happens above that has made it a popular spot for visitors to the Caribbean island.
The beach lies under the final approach to Princess Juliana Airport. As planes come in they fly about 150 feet above, and sometimes lower. There's even a bar on the beach that lists the arrival times of flights written in chalk on an old surfboard. International arrivals like KLM's 747's draw big crowds.
The landings are loud and probably a little dangerous, but it's the takeoffs that have injured people. The fun may be over now that the beach has seen its first fatality. From the BBC:
A New Zealand woman has died on the Caribbean island 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 sea.
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.