A 57-year-old woman from New Zealand has been killed by a jet engine blast at a popular tourist attraction. The woman, who authorities confirmed was seriously injured while watching a plane take off, was standing behind a fence when the incident happened.
The popular beach is visited by thousands every year as many go watch planes take off or land nearby. The beach sits right next to the airport and tourists usually grab on to the fence to watch the planes take off. Police at Maho Beach usually tell people to stay away from the dangerous area.
The woman was standing by the fence along with a few others. The group was watching a plane take off from the airport and they held on to the fence. The jet blast pushed the woman back and according to the New Zealand Herald, she hit her head on the concrete. People nearby rushed to help the woman, who was one of several people watching and hanging on to the fence. According to police, she was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where she died a short time later.
Authorities have warned tourists about the dangers of hanging on to the fence but the beach continues to be visited by thousands of tourists who want to go see the planes fly over them or take off near the fence.
It is the first time that a person dies as a result of the jet blasts but it is not the first time that the beach is in the news for being a dangerous area for those who get close to the fence. In recent years, there have been reports of people getting injured as they watch the planes take off. A few years ago, it was reported by several news sites that the airport would increase security after tourists suffered injuries while trying to watch the planes take off. TMZ recently reported that police and government officials would be meeting to discuss new safety measures.