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Woman dies after jet blast knocked her to the ground

A 57-year-old woman from New Zealand is dead after a jet blast threw her off her feet and she hit her head on some rocks.

It happened at  the famous Saint Maarten in the Caribbean, where tourists frequently gather to watch planes take off and land practically right on the beach.

The woman was holding on to the fence before she was tossed onto the rocks by the jet blast from a Boeing 737.

She was taken to the hospital where she died shortly afterwards from her injuries.

Saint Maarten police released a statement warning tourists about the dangers of being too close to the planes:

"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.

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."

Looks like Darwin strikes again. Don't stand behind a jet when it takes off. If you do, you've got a pretty good chance of dying.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

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