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Jet blast from plane kills New Zealand tourist

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 July 2017, 10:31 IST

A 57-year-old tourist from New Zealand has been killed by the blast of a plane at an airport in the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, CNN reported.

The deceased woman, who has not been identified, was hanging onto a fence to watch the plane, the island's police said on social networking site Facebook.

Police said that the jet's blast was so influential that it knocked her down, and later the woman died.

At Princess Juliana International Airport, watching planes land and take off is a famous tourist attraction, as approaching aircraft tend to fly very low above their heads.

Calling it as "extremely dangerous" both airport and local authorities have warned the tourists against getting too close to the planes, CNN reported.

Island authorities said that they have taken needed precautions or safety measures to caution tourists not to get too close to aircrafts.

Since it opened in 1943, tourists have been watching planes take off and land at the airport.

Reportedly, in 2014, two pilots died after crashing into the water shortly after taking off from the airport and in 2012, a woman got injured after being flung into a nearby concrete barrier by a jet blast.


First published: 14 July 2017, 10:31 IST