The New Zealand woman joined hundreds of other tourists at Saint Maarten to watch planes taking off at the beach – side Juliana International Airport.
The woman, 57, was holding onto the fence when she was blown from her feet before hitting her head on the rocks and suffering fatal injuries.
The woman is believed to have been with her family when a Boeing 737 took off for Trinidad at about 6pm, tossing her back onto the concrete.
Several police patrols and paramedics had rushed to help the woman.
In a statement, Saint Maarten police warned:
‘The landing and taking off of all types and size of aircrafts at the international airport of Saint Maarten is well known world wide as major tourist attraction.
‘Many tourists come to the island to experience the thrills of the landing of approaching aircraft’s flying low above their heads and the holding on to the airport fence and standing in the jet blast of large aircraft’s taking off. Doing this is however extremely dangerous.’
It went on: ‘The airport authorities and other local authorities have taken all necessary measures such as the placing of signs to warn the general public not to stand in the path of the jet blast of a departing aircraft because of the danger involved.
‘The local authorities are urging the general public and mainly visitors to the island to adhere to the warning signs that are placed at that location to avoid serious injuries which can ultimately lead to the loss of life.’
Rolando Brison, head of tourism for the island of Saint Maarten, said he had spoken with the family of the woman, the NZ Herald reports.
‘Yes, the family did confirm that [she was a New Zealander] to me,’ Mr Brison said.
‘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.
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