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Jet blast kills tourist at airport in Saint Maarten

Jet blast kills tourist at airport in Saint Maarten

A tourist has died in the Caribbean country of Saint Maarten after she was blown away by winds from the engines of a passenger plane, police say. The country’s airport is a popular tourist attraction because its runway is close to the beach.
The incident happened just before 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday when tourists were holding on to the fence at the end of the runway at Princess Juliana International Airport, where Caribbean Airlines Flight 457 was taking off for a flight to Trinidad and Tobago
As the Boeing 737-800 fired up its engines, a 57-year-old woman from New Zealand was blown away by the force of the winds, causing her head to smash into concrete. The woman was critically injured and rushed to Sint Maarten Medical Center, where she died of her injuries, the Saint Martin News Network reported.
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