A tourist dies at the famous Maho Beach, St. Martin, due to jet blast

A tourist died on Wednesday afternoon after hitting her head on a concrete block behind the well known Princess Juliana International Airport SXM fence on the Maho Beach side, St. Maarten newspaper The Daily Herald reports.

Tourists gather on a daily basis to experience jet blasts from aircrafts taking off from the runway. Reports suggest that the woman was holding onto the fence with a number of tourists when the strength of the jet blast blew her onto the street where she hit her head knocking her out. Ambulance officials arrived shortly after and personnel performed CPR on her in efforts to resuscitate her.

She was transported to the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for further treatment. However, doctors were not able to stabilize the woman.

The incident took place just after 5:00pm. Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson confirmed that the accident took place and said more information will follow.

Source: https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/67600-breaking-news-woman-dies-after-jet-blast-at-airport

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By alljengi from Edinburgh – Maho Beach, St Maarten, Feb 2008

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  1. No, she died due to gross stupidity. Don’t blame anybody, any airline or any organisation to do with the airport. There are large DANGER signs all along the fence warrning of the danger and not to stand by the fence. People doing so ignore the signs and do it AT THEIR OWN RISK – nobody makes them stand there while an aircraft is taking off. They do so in spite of the signs and have to take personal responsibility for anything untoward that happens. INCLUDING death.


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