Man Sees Plane Diving Low, Films This Amazing Footage

StoryfulPublished: March 13, 20173,531,483 views
Published: March 13, 2017

If you're a passenger in this plane, this scenario might make you sweat a little in your seat. Sebastian Thoma filmed this quite remarkable video by Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten where a flight from Toronto nearly made contact with the ocean upon arrival to the island. According to Sebastian, the plane came in too low during the stormy weather. Thank goodness nothing serious happened and no damage was done. The pilot made a wise decision in the time that he had. The pilot held the aircraft over the airport for 45-50 minutes, before safely landing.

As you can see in the video, the plane was much closer to the water in the first attempt than in the second attempt. It's a good thing the pilot had enough time to quickly bring the plane back up on the first attempt or they might have been a very scary crash. Luckily, the pilot was able to land on the second attempt and didn't have to go around for a third time.

Check out this crazy footage of a plane getting a little too close to the ocean while trying to land!

Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, located on the Dutch side of the island in the country of Sint Maarten. Due to a short runway and being extremely close to the shore, the airport is known for having giant jets fly over Maho Beach just 10-20 meters over the heads of the tourists laying on the beach, resulting in amazing photos.

Have you ever seen something like this before? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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    • 2 rumbles
      caboose60 · 1 year ago

      Nothing new!! Happens there every day.

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      ArminT · 1 year ago

      There seemed to be a wind during the first approach and depending on the direction the pilot may have had problems keeping the correct altitude. When the filming started, the plane may have dropped due to losing lift and the pilot was taking corrective action by pulling up and thereby over shooting the run way. It happened often enough during a storm, it's just that its not usually filmed.

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      NeilKennedy · 26 weeks ago

      He was almost certainly caught in a powerful microburst aka windshear. The plane suddenly enters what's essentially an unexpectedly strong headwind, the pilot corrects accordingly only to then suddenly enter an equally powerful tailwind for which his configuration is all wrong. I'll bet if there was earlier footage available, it'd show the plane dropping. Maybe there was such footage and it was intentionally left out for effect. Google 'microburst' and you'll easily understand how it can happen. I was caught in one on mid-final in a 2-seater Beech Skipper (a tiny thing, very similar to Piper Tomahawk). We lost a couple of hundred feet in a matter of seconds regardless of instantaneously applying full power. Some mere matter of more seconds further into the landing we'd had impacted and i'd have been toast along with the plane. That jet jockey did the right thing with a full-power go around. He probably wasn't "getting a little too close to the ocean" as said by the OP, he was most likely FORCED too low. Credit where credit is due.

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        erom43 · 13 weeks ago

        I have to agree Neil, but I don't see the kind of weather that would be associated with a microburst. Could be some wind shear that caused him to be so low, so far out. Or....maybe they wanted to buzz the beach goers and got a little to close.