Injury from Jet Blast Kills Tourist at Maho Beach in St. Maarten

Written by on July 13, 2017 in Travel News

The jet blast experience at Maho Beach and the fence along St. Maarten‘s Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) is a tourist attraction in and of itself. Unfortunately, the powerful thrust of a departing 737 caused a New Zealand tourist to fall and fatally hit her head on the pavement Wednesday.

According to the New Zealand Herald, “the 57-year-old woman was holding on to a fence at the end of the runway when a Boeing 737 departed for Trinidad. The jet’s blast blew her and others backwards, causing her to fall and hit her head on concrete pavement. A police report said the incident happened at about 6pm on Wednesday, local time at Beacon Hill Road on Maho Beach. Paramedics reportedly rushed to her aid but she died shortly after.”

Princess Juliana Airport lies adjacent to Maho Beach. Sun seekers, swimmers, and AvGeeks flock for rays, water, and views of airplanes practically skimming the water and beach before touching down at the airport.

Very much worth noting that there are signs warning people to the dangers of nearby airplanes and their jet blasts:

My friend Rene de Lambert of Rene’s Points journeyed with several readers to SXM earlier this year and chronicled his adventures in a series of blog posts. His video below (complete with airplane views from land and sea) give you a perspective of how low and fast these planes come roaring in to SXM — and how powerful their jet blasts are when taking off.

Have You Experienced the SXM / Maho Beach Jet Blast?

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About the Author: Chris Carley is a writer, media consultant, voice over artist, dog owner, husband, and recently became a dad! He loves talking all things points and miles. You'll likely find him in an airport lounge while on a trip that involves the most circuitous route possible leading to his ultimate destination. .


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