A tourist died on Wednesday afternoon after hitting her head on a concrete block behind the well known Princess Juliana International Airport SXM fence on the Maho Beach side, St. Maarten newspaper The Daily Herald reports.

Tourists gather on a daily basis to experience jet blasts from aircrafts taking off from the runway. Reports suggest that the woman was holding onto the fence with a number of tourists when the strength of the jet blast blew her onto the street where she hit her head knocking her out. Ambulance officials arrived shortly after and personnel performed CPR on her in efforts to resuscitate her.


SMN News reports that the tourist was standing close to the fence at the end of the Airport runway when American Airlines was taking off. It is understood that the victim blew away and fell hitting her head on the concrete causing her to lose her life.

She was transported to the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for further treatment. However, doctors were not able to stabilize the woman.

The incident took place just after 5:00pm. Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson confirmed that the accident took place and said more information will follow.

Courtesy – The Daily herald