Woman dies as a result of serious incident

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The woman - a 57-year-old New Zealander - was reportedly watching a plane take off from the notorious Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten when she was knocked over by the thrust from one of its engines. The woman was critically injured and rushed to St Maarten Medical Center, where she died of her injuries, local police said.

She was with members of her family holding on to the wire perimeter fence at the Princess Juliana International Airport, where tourists gather to feel the blast from aircraft ferrying holidaymakers to and from the...

"I met with the family of the deceased this evening and while they recognised that what they did was wrong, through the clearly visible danger signs, they regret that the risk they took turned out in the worst possible way", said Mr Brison.

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The jet's blast blew the woman away from the fence she and others were holding on to, causing her to fall and hit her head on the concrete pavement.

The incident happened on a road near the airport in Sint Maarten about 6pm on Wednesday local time, a police report stated.

'At this time I only wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones while we continue to investigate what transpired just hours ago'.

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New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has told 1 NEWS it is following up on reports that a New Zealand citizen has died in Sint Maarten.

Sint Maarten is a popular destination for plane spotters, as the planes fly low over Maho Beach into the airport.

The runway is a draw for thrill-seekers, but has also gained a reputation for being risky. This is the first known incident though in which someone has been killed at the field by jet blast.

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