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Old 07-13-17, 10:03 PM
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New Zealand woman dies after jet blast at world's 'scariest' airport

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A New Zealand woman has been killed by a jet engine blast while watching a plane take off on the Caribbean island of St Maarten.

Plane spotting is a popular activity at the Princess Juliana international airport. Tourists regularly pose for videos and selfies as jumbo jets fly close overhead, with the strength of the jet blast from the planes sometimes propelling watchers on nearby Maho beach into the sea, and causing clothing and bikinis to be ripped from their bodies.

In a statement, the St Maarten police force said the 57-year-old woman, who has not been named, was “seriously injured” just after 6pm on Wednesday, after clinging to a fence close to the airport, along with several other people, as a plane took off. Police said they patrol the site on a daily basis to warn people to stay away from the “dangerous” area.

It is understood the New Zealand tourist was standing behind a fence near runway 10 when a Boeing 737 took off. The powerful jet blast propelled her backwards, where she hit her head on the concrete, the New Zealand Herald reported. She died a short time later in hospital.
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Old 07-14-17, 12:08 AM
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Tragic.
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Old 07-14-17, 12:54 AM
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There was report on this on NBC news tonight. Seems like about 20 feet from the fence there's a concrete barrier about 3 feet high. The woman was blown into the barrier and that was it for her.
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Old 07-14-17, 02:43 AM
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This place is awesome for plane spotting but there are huge signs clearly posted warning people not to stand behind the jets during takeoff. Am older women should have known she wouldn't be able to hold onto the fence. Darwinism wins again

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Old 07-14-17, 03:54 AM
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Here's a video of another woman getting blown away into the concrete wall. Probably pretty similar to what happened to the kiwi lady.

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Old 07-14-17, 11:58 AM
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The two concrete ledges there are the biggest issue. Sure, the crazy people attempting to hold onto the chainlink fence start the chain of stupidity. But whoever designed that buffer zone was looking to injure people.
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Old 07-14-17, 01:20 PM
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People are idiots
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Old 07-14-17, 04:08 PM
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Natural selection
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Old 07-14-17, 04:29 PM
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Prop blast is no joke, every time Ijump you feel that big time and would be ed to voluntarily stand there and take it!
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