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HOLD ON by KAREN WILES
Air France arrives just beyond the beach on the island of St. Maarten. The runway is so close to the beach, the beach goers actually hold on to a fence to keep from being blown into the water! This Air France arrival is non manipulated and is the real image as I saw it!
World famous for its close-proximity photographs of landing aircraft, Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA: SXM, ICAO: TNCM), west of #Philipsburg, has become for many a reason in itself to visit #Sint Maarten.
Due to its short runway (2,180 metres, 7,200 ft), airplanes on approach for Runway 09 have to fly at unusually low altitudes, overflying mere 10–20 metres (30–60 ft.) over nearby #Maho Beach.
Jet blast from departing aircraft is also another 'attraction' as it creates artificial waves. However, jet blast is physically hazardous so viewers need to exercise caution; local authorities placed a warning on the airport's fence to alert people to the dangers of jet blast.
November 29th, 2010
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