(TS) A New Zealand woman is dead after being flung through the air by a jet blast near Saint Maarten’s Princess Juliana airport.
It’s believed the 57-year-old tourist was standing along a fence near the runway Wednesday when a Boeing 737 took off.
The jet blast reportedly caused the woman to lose her balance, fall and slam her head on the nearby pavement.
She was pronounced dead in hospital, the New Zealand Herald confirmed.
“I met with the family of the deceased this evening and while they recognized that what they did was wrong, through the clearly visible danger signs, they regret that risk they took turned out in the worst possible way,” Rolando Brison, Saint Maarten’s director of tourism, told the Herald.
“At this time I only wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones while we continue to investigate what transpired.”
Maho Beach, where the tragedy transpired, is located just 50 metres from the end of the airport’s runway.
There are warning signs posted nearby warning tourists of the blasts that emanate from arriving and departing aircraft.
Still, it’s common for beachgoers to stand directly behind passenger planes prior to take off.
The jet blasts blow thrill-seekers into the nearby ocean.
The popular tourist attraction also offers a one-of-a-kind view of planes flying metres overhead before they touch down on the island.
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