When you see a video from the tropical island of St. Maarten, most of the time it’s of an airplane landing. The videos (if you haven’t seen ‘em) are popular in the aviation circles. I wrote about one of the videos here.
But occasionally the wind blows inland, and the planes have to take off over the beach. And that was exactly what was happening when this video (below) was taken. This video is insanely terrifying.
The plane that’s taking off, a Fokker 70, uses basically the whole runway before lifting off the ground flying over the beach just a few feet above the heads of the onlookers.
Like I said, insane! I’d love to go to this beach and watch planes land and/or takeoff. BUT there is something you won’t catch me doing while on that beach. Standing.
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