A thrill-seeking teen on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten was blown away – literally – when she was catapulted backward while standing on a beach next to an airport runway as a plane took off.
Tourists and locals at the half-Dutch/half-French island’s Maho Beach, which is famous for its close proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport, regularly seek a cheap thrill by standing as close as possible to the runway as planes fly over the beach, taking off and landing. The beach and the 7,000-foot runway are separated by a thin, two-lane highway.
Tourists with beers and cameras often hold tight to a nearby fence as the jet engines that can easily produce winds of more than 100 mph whiz by. One teenage girl was no match for the roaring engine and went airborne – her head slamming against concrete – as a JetBlue plane took off.\
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