Aviation Photo #2216831: McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83) - Insel Air


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  • Timo Breidenstein
    Insel Air
    McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83)
    McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (DC-9-80)
    McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (DC-9-80)
    McDonnell Douglas
    49449
    1354
    PJ-MDA
    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    January 2013
  • 499

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January 21, 2013
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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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Comments (40)

Anonymous
3 years ago
This is way tooooo low!!
Anonymous
3 years ago
That is just sick, Timo. We have been P'wned! Well done... Manny.
Anonymous
3 years ago
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!
Anonymous
3 years ago
WOW! That is some serious ducking there. Numerous spectators are seen running away to save their lives as it seems.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Wow... that's ridiculous. At least the people who wet themselves could just run down into the water.
Anonymous
3 years ago
This will end at some point
Anonymous
3 years ago
Cool pic. Tail of the plane almost scraping the surf at the beach!!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Man that is low!!! If you timed your jump right, you could just about touch the landing gear!!!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Insel Air will kill someone one day.
Nice photo though.
Anonymous
3 years ago
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!
Anonymous
3 years ago
That is absolutely one of the lowest approaches I have ever seen at St.Maarten (been there twice), just freakin' scary.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Nice low one buddy!!!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Never low enough... it's not low enough until the fence is clipped! :P
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great Photo!
But It seems it extremely too low.
As One continues this. One day we'll have Some Safety issue here.
Anonymous
3 years ago
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!
Anonymous
3 years ago
WOW!!!!!
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.)
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Congrats for this shot!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Timo, nice shot. You caught the spirit of SXM at exactly the right moment.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Been to Maho, loved it. But I fear that pics like this will one day shut it down for good.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Scraping the sand:)
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
OMFG...Thats really low. Didn't he hit the fence??
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Insane!! what if somebody down the beach ever tries to throw a beachball into the engines? 5*
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
That looks (too?) low...accident wating to happen
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
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!
Anonymous
3 years ago
100 % nice successful shot!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Insane
Anonymous
3 years ago
"Listen kids, if you're bored, why don't you go play over there where those airplanes are landing... That looks like fun."
Anonymous
2 years ago
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!
Anonymous
2 years ago
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.
Anonymous
2 years ago
To slow'n low !!!
Anonymous
1 year ago
That looks dangerous :S
Anonymous
1 year ago
Ok, I wet my pants from here! WOOOOOOOOOOOW! Um, was this Manny flying?
Anonymous
1 year ago
Fantastic shot. I one day hope to go to SXM and experience this!