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PJ-MDA (cn 49449/1354) Well, i think i've already taken my picture of the year. Insel Air inbound from Curacao making an ultra low approach over Maho Beach. What a way to start the new year! [EOS 5D MK III + EF 17-40 L USM]
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A visitor from - posted Tue December 17, 2013:
Just love St. Maarten shots & this is an especially nice one. Captured well the perspective of how really low the jets come in and how close people are to them. And the different reactions of the folks in this pic are great.

A visitor from Sweden posted Thu November 28, 2013:
How stupid! There is no reason for a Mad Dog to make an approach this low. If the heavies can (just about) stop on the runway after making a normal approach, so could a MD-80. As many have mentioned here before, this type of behavior will one day cause an accident.
5* for the photo, though!

A visitor from Mauritius posted Mon September 23, 2013:
"Listen kids, if you're bored, why don't you go play over there where those airplanes are landing... That looks like fun."

A visitor from - posted Mon September 23, 2013:
Insane

A visitor from - posted Tue February 19, 2013:
100 % nice successful shot!

A visitor from United States posted Thu January 24, 2013:
While I was there the Insel pilots enjoyed messing with the tourists on the beach, taunting them to come up to the fence and making low approaches like this. No where else like it in the world!

A visitor from United States posted Wed January 23, 2013:
To answer your question, yes, in about 2001 a drunk person *did* throw something at a landing jet...he was tossed in jail for a few days while his family had to scramble for his release.

A visitor from - posted Wed January 23, 2013:
That looks (too?) low...accident wating to happen

A visitor from Canada posted Wed January 23, 2013:
From the MD's pitch angle, it seems to me that he has flared up way too early. On most pictures taken from this location, aircraft are either parallel to the ground or just beginning to flare up. Wouldn't call this a safe approach, nor a good flare-up.

A visitor from Spain posted Wed January 23, 2013:
Insane!! what if somebody down the beach ever tries to throw a beachball into the engines? 5*

A visitor from Qatar posted Wed January 23, 2013:
Ultra low he is just about to flare for the landing light is perfect the colours of the aircraft show up brilliantly and only one person managed to get their head into the bottom of the frame.

A visitor from - posted Wed January 23, 2013:
OMFG...Thats really low. Didn't he hit the fence??

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Great shot...however, this is stupid. One day, soon, there will be a horrific accident there and that beach and road will be off limits for half a mile. I once had a ramp tour and the ops manager told me of the AF 747 which came in too low and ripped up the fence, tangling it in the landing gear, simply because of a stunt attempt. Flight crews should be smarter than this.

A visitor from - posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Scraping the sand:)

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Been to Maho, loved it. But I fear that pics like this will one day shut it down for good.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Timo, nice shot. You caught the spirit of SXM at exactly the right moment.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Congrats for this shot!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue January 22, 2013:
I was actually under this exact fly-in. I could have stood up and touched the landing gear on this bird. This beach should be on everyone's list of places to visit.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Of the thousands of SXM pictures that I have seen, this has to be the best action shot ever. Excellent capture of people scrambling away. (i'd like to know if the pilot was reprimanded in some way.)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue January 22, 2013:
WOW!!!!!

A visitor from - posted Tue January 22, 2013:
There is a reason written in blood as to why you are not supposed to do that in a turbojet aircraft. Made even more stupid by the very slow spool times of the JT8D-217's on the Mad Dog. The one to two seconds it takes to add power is an eternity that close to the ground.

Looks like the photographer was the only one smart enough to get out of the way!

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Great Photo!
But It seems it extremely too low.
As One continues this. One day we'll have Some Safety issue here.

A visitor from Singapore posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Great photo...very spectacular but those pilots had better hope that their Chief Pilot doesn't see it because it could and should have serious repercussions for them.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Never low enough... it's not low enough until the fence is clipped! :P

A visitor from Netherlands Antilles posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Nice low one buddy!!!

A visitor from - posted Tue January 22, 2013:
That is absolutely one of the lowest approaches I have ever seen at St.Maarten (been there twice), just freakin' scary.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Great photo. When I was at SXM last year, the only time in my life that I truly wondered "Is this how I am going to go?" was when an Insel Air jet did an approach just like this. It was terrifying! Notice all the people in this shot who are running away from the plane! Not a typical SXM reaction!

A visitor from Germany posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Insel Air will kill someone one day.
Nice photo though.

A visitor from - posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Man that is low!!! If you timed your jump right, you could just about touch the landing gear!!!

A visitor from - posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Cool pic. Tail of the plane almost scraping the surf at the beach!!

A visitor from - posted Tue January 22, 2013:
This will end at some point

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 22, 2013:
Wow... that's ridiculous. At least the people who wet themselves could just run down into the water.

A visitor from - posted Tue January 22, 2013:
WOW! That is some serious ducking there. Numerous spectators are seen running away to save their lives as it seems.

A visitor from Canada posted Mon January 21, 2013:
Every ultra low pass I see here is Insel Air, one of these days these guys are going to try and show off and cause a serious accident and we'll never be allowed on Maho beach again(though i've yet to go)....The normal approaches are low enough but these guys in my opinion take it too far at times. Great photo though!! still gets 5* from me!

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 21, 2013:
That is just sick, Timo. We have been P'wned! Well done... Manny.

A visitor from Venezuela posted Mon January 21, 2013:
This is way tooooo low!!

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