Cockpit View Of Touchdown At Famous St. Maarten Airport

justplanesPublished: January 24, 2018Updated: January 30, 201858 views
Published: January 24, 2018Updated: January 30, 2018

This is the incredible footage featuring pilot’s eye view of the landing at the famous St. Maarten airport. Check out the awesome footage captured from the cockpit of a landing Airbus A340!

The Caribbean island of <a href="" target="_blank">St. Maarten</a> is famous for its airport because the runway is so close to the beach that planes literally whiz right over the heads of snorkelers and sunbathers. In addition, the runway at Princess Juliana International Airport is just over 7,600-feet-long, bordering right on a public beach. How cool is that!

Famous for its proximity to the beach, the St. Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport <a href="" target="_blank">sees aircraft swoop within spitting distance of sunseekers and planespotters</a> on a daily basis which is why this airport is known as being one of the most dangerous airports in the world. That is to say for spectators, not for travellers, given the location of its runway is between a public beach and a mountain.

Planes approach the runway by skimming over the heavily populated beach which makes it a huge draw for tourists and plane enthusiasts who gather around to take photos. Often times the social media is flooded with selfies of swimwear-clad tourists sunbathing as a plane passes over them. This is both amazing and scary!

In addition, there is a public road between the beach and the airport and despite of the warning signs and requests from the airport to stay away from the runway, this has become a popular selfie spot, as visitors regularly gather by the fence to feel the blast from planes as they take off. Plane tourism on the horizon!

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