What is Jet Blast?

Jet blast is the effect created by the thrust force that comes out from the back of the engines of jet-powered aircraft. The effect may vary depending on the type of the aircraft and the conditions/environment (runway length, departure procedure…). Jet blast effect may increase especially for Heavy category aircraft and high performance take-off situations.

Due to the jet blast effect, people and/or vehicles may roll over and be damaged. It effect can be felt more severely, especially where the runways are close to places where people may stay on.

Princess Juliana airport, located on the island of St Maarten in the north east of the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the places where the jet blast effect is most clearly experienced. Due to the location of the airport, planes descend from the beach side which is too close to runway and land after a very short time. Since the runway is very close to the beach, people on the beach can easily experience the jet blast effect during take-off.

Saint Maarten airport – Maho Beach

Princess Juliana draws the attention of adventure lovers, planespotters and photographers with these features. However, this situation poses a great danger to aviation safety and this airport is seen as one of the most dangerous airports in the world for pilots.

There are many warning signs on the Maho beach right in front of the runway. However, despite these warnings, accidents occurred in 2012 and 2018 in which two tourists died due to the effect.

For more articles click.