It was a bit of a ticking time bomb, and now a 57-year-old woman from New Zealand has died at what is considered one of the world’s most dangerous airports.
Reports suggest she was watching a plane take off at the Princess Juliana Airport, when the thrust from one of the engines knocked her over.
The injuries were so severe that she later died in hospital. Below from the Telegraph:
Sandwiched between a busy beach on one side and a mountain on the other, the Caribbean airport is renowned as one of the world’s most dangerous spots to go plane watching. Big jets swoop in low over the beach to touch down on the runway, a spectacle that attracts many thrill-seeking tourists.
Though signs warn of the dangers posed by air blasts, many tourists still cling onto the fence separating the beach from the runway to feel the force of the thrust.
The as-yet-unnamed tourist, who was reportedly accompanied by members of her family, is understood to have been holding onto the fence before being knocked over.
Perhaps you can’t quite picture the airport, so this video might help:
Almost as dangerous as driving home from OR Tambo (HERE).