Jet Blast Kills Tourist at Seaside Airport in the Caribbean – NBCNews.com

Tom MarkLast Update : Thursday 13 July 2017 - 10:16 PM
Jet Blast Kills Tourist at Seaside Airport in the Caribbean – NBCNews.com

IMAGE: Sunset Beach, St. Maarten

A commercial airliner lands at Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Maarten. Adam Mukamal / Getty Images file

Police said the woman and several other people had been holding on to a fence along the perimeter of the runway, which is reportedly less than 200 feet from the beach. Clinging to the airport fence to feel the jet blast of aircrafts taking off is a popular tourist activity in the island, police said — one that they called “extremely dangerous.”

“Many people come just for the thrill of this main attraction, and unfortunately this time someone lost their life,” police spokesman Ricardo Henson

told NBC Miami.

Henson said that multiple warning signs in the area to discourage tourists are frequently ignored and that dozens of people have been injured by the jet blasts in the last few years. This is the first time someone has died, however.

Police urged tourists to obey the warning signs and said police patrols routinely warn people off the area at busy hours.

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