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Tourist dies from aircraft engine blast at St. Maarten's Maho Beach

13 Julio 2017

A New Zealand woman has died after being blown off her feet by the powerful jet engine blast of a Boeing 737 passenger plane on the Caribbean territory of Sint Maarten.

A 57-year-old New Zealand woman has reportedly been killed by an accident caused by a jet blast at a Carribean airport.

The woman was transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center, where she died from head injuries, police added.

It is then believed that she was blown over by the tail wind which resulted in her hitting her on pavement.

Located right next to Princess Juliana International Airport, Maho Beach is well-known for surreal scenes of sunbathers lounging on the sand as jumbo jet aircraft get set for landings just above the shoreline.

It is common to see onlookers hanging from the fence, despite large warning signs written in English and French.

St. Marteen's director of tourism, Rolando Brison, told The Herald that he spoke to the victim's family.

Maho Beach has long been a popular spot for tourists and thrill-seekers, largely due to the low-flying planes that fly overhead on their way into Princess Juliana International Airport.

"At this time I only wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones while we continue to investigate what transpired". She sustained minor injuries.

The woman was vacationing with her family when the incident occurred on Wednesday at around 6 p.m. local time, the report said.

According to a NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System survey by Rowena Morrison, the force from a plane's jet blast can "up-root trees, flatten building structures, shatter windows, lift and propel heavy objects", further proof that tourists should take the warning signs in the area seriously.

Tourist dies from aircraft engine blast at St. Maarten's Maho Beach