A KPSM police report said the incident happened at approximately 6.00 p.m. EST yesterday evening, Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Beacon Hill Road in the vicinity of the airport runway on Maho Beach.
The Central Dispatch was told that several persons were holding on to the airport fence during the take off when the woman, whose name has not been released, was blown away by the jet blast from Boeing 737 that was departing for Trinidad Paramedics rushed her to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment but she died shortly after.
Management of PJIAE has visible signs warning onlookers to away from the airport fence due to jet blasts, but many choose to disregard the signs to experience the event.
Director of the St. Maarten Tourism Authority Rolando Brison told SXM news that he met with the visibly distraught family of the deceased on Tuesday evening and while they recognized 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.
“At this time I only wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones while we continue to investigate what exactly transpired just hours ago,” Brison was quoted as saying.