Saturday, 15 July 2017
Tourist killed at Caribbean airport after blast from jet engine knocks her to ground
A 57-year-old tourist has died after she stood too close to an airport’s runway in the Caribbean and the engine of a large jet blew her into the ground. The New Zealand national was trying to hold on to a fence bordering the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Martin on Wednesday when she was thrown backward, causing her to hit her head on the concrete ground, police said in a release. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries, police said.
The airport is famous for its planes’ startlingly close proximity to pedestrians, who have been seen lying on the beach beneath low-flying planes.