On the getaway location of Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island St. Maarten, tourists often flock to watch the jets nearly skim across the beach on their takeoffs and landings near the coastal runway.
Although there are many signs that warn the tourists not to get too close, or else they may blown to their deaths by the landing jet’s air blasts, many tend to ignore this as a thrill seeking gesture amongst the tourists.
Unfortunately that's exactly what happened yesterday when a 57-year-old woman from New Zealand ignored warning signs that told her exactly what she was doing could get her killed.
She held onto the fence, covered in signs, as a Boeing 737 took off directly above her. She was then blown back from the fence from the force of the plane’s engines, which caused her to strike her head on concrete.
She died shortly thereafter, as the New Zealand Herald reports.
The attached video is of another tourist back in 2012 also holding onto the same fence behind a departing jet at this airport, and you can see the woman being blown off and smashing into the concrete. Fortunately for that thrill seeker she was lucky to have survived.
Director of Tourism for the Island of St Marten, Rolando Brison, explained that the woman and her own family knew what was going on saying, “I met with the family of the deceased this evening and while they recognised 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.”
“At this time I only wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones while we continue to investigate what transpired just hours ago.” He said.
It just goes to show that thrill seeking is not worth your life, and sometimes those thrills you've sought may actually be the final rush of adrenaline you'll ever feel.