Plane Almost Hits Water When Landing Low At St. Maarten Airport

StoryfulPublished: March 13, 20173,531,652 views
Published: March 13, 2017

Statistically speaking, every row of three seats on a commercial airplane contains of at least one passenger who would really rather not be there. After seeing this video, you might think that as well! If you're a passenger on this plane, this scenario might make you sweat a little in your seat. We are left for words!

Sebastian Thoma filmed this quite remarkable video from Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten where a plane flying 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 during the time he had. The pilot held the aircraft over the airport for 45-50 minutes, before safely landing on the runway.

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 in the second attempt and didn't have to go around for the 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 St. 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. Only a few feet missing and the Boeing jet from Toronto could have crashed into the water. A shocking moment for all of the people at the sunset bar on Maho Beach, St. Maarten. The incident happened on 03/07/2017.

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Pilots always have a plan B in mind if the intended approach is not safe or if the airport closes because of high winds. Updates on wind and weather conditions are communicated to crew throughout a journey to help with decision making. This video shows us how much it takes to be a pilot and the react quickly in this kind of situations! Amazing!

Maho Beach is a beach on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin. It is famous for being adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport, and is a popular site for tourists and plane-watchers, who visit the beach to watch aircraft on final approach landing at the airport, passing only a short distance above their heads. So if you think that it’s an easy job to be a pilot, we would ask you to think twice! Tell us what you think about this pilot and this fascinating video!

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      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 · 34 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 · 21 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.