Aviation Photo #1078027: Boeing 747-406 - KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines


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  • Chris Starnes
    KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines
    Boeing 747-406
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    24517
    782
    PH-BFG
    FG-003
    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    July 2, 2006
  • 947

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July 19, 2006
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KLM 785 from Amsterdam sends the fence huggers to their knees as it makes an extremely low pass over Maho Beach just before a very early touchdown on runway 09.
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Comments (170)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot at the exact moment! Congratulations! Zazá
Anonymous
10 years ago
Oh my god. Talk about Low! Great picture!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Oh my god! I've never seen a picture of such impending dramatic contact!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is too low! Looks scary - the main landing gear could kill spotters near fence.
Anonymous
10 years ago
When you look at the distance from the outer fence to where the 747 is about to touch down there is only seconds in time in it. This is certainly a one off photo as well as a one off landing. I am not sure that where the 747 is landing is designed to take the weight as this appears to be the apron not the main runway.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Way to go, Chris! This was a very unusually low approach and you nailed it! I would've screwed this up somehow- Daniel P.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Whow, the "fence huggers" must have been shocked!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Makes you wonder if the pilot community places bets with each other to see who can have the lowest pass over Maho beach. Just...wow. Good catch.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WoW, that is way too early!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
You can almost feel the fear of the two persons at the fence.. Anyway great pick. But from what I have learned you are not supposed to land on those yellow arrows.. T/0 is ok but not landing..
Anonymous
10 years ago
Congrats on a great photo - probably will go down as one of the best on a.net
Anonymous
10 years ago
Talk about early touchdown! I'm surprised that thing didn't clip the fence!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Not something you see every day! Maybe it's time for an ILS at SXM...glideslope help, anyone?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow. nice pic. I can see the people by the fence ducking in cover. With the plane on the ground that early, I'm surprized it didn't take out the fence.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's awesome! How much closer could it get. Seems like there's very little room for error. The guys on the beach must have got a real rush before having to change their shorts.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Even for SXM that approach seems rather low...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just a fantastic photo. Love the people ducking at the fence line!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Those fense huggers are sure in for it.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is an amazing photo. Can you please post photos of this event taken a few moments earlier?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just an amazing shot no words about it
Anonymous
10 years ago
Kool landing
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good photo - love the way all those people are crouching and holding on to the fence for their lives.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW now thats extreme!!! wish i were there! Great shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This has to be one of the most amazing pictures ever.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! That is close! Those people at the fence probably got quite a blast of jet wash. Passerengers looking out the windows must have wondered whether they were going to touch down on the runway or not!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice shot Chris its at flareheight 5 stars
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, that's an amazing shot! I love SXM heavy shots, but this one tops them all! Look at the spectators along the fence...that's insane. Is it just the angle, or did they really touch down on the blast pad/displaced threshold?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow thats low!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just one Word, AMAZING dude
Anonymous
10 years ago
Holy cow!!That'll teach those fence huggers a thing or two!Most thrilling for all including the paxs.Remarkable shot.Congrat's Chris.
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a low approach, just great
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW that`s extreme
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just amazing, great capture really thrilling.
Anonymous
10 years ago
There are a lot of shots of planes landing on this beach airport, this angle really shows how close you have to bring it in.
Anonymous
10 years ago
An excellent landing at the earliest possible spot on the runway and a great livery/aircraft combo in front of a beautiful color background. Also, I do love the fence huggers diving for cover.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hmmm, a threshold landing.
I hope some one takes a photo when the landing gears rips the fense down....
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing photo, that is LOW.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A unique photo. Landing almost in a backyard
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ok, for all I know, the aircraft touched down within the tdz. It's a great photo, but it doesn't actually tell any information about the descent rate of the aircraft (not that it should)... he still came in too low, because there's no way a 3 degree path will take you that low!
Anonymous
10 years ago
OW DAMN! I really admire those fencehuggers right there. To think that an airplane like that always floats "a bit" before touch-down, it must have seemed like the airplane was gonna hit the dirt rather then even making in over the fence. Then again you might only notice that it was lower then usual in a too short of a time to run...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thank you for the photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot man, i dont think i have seen a better photo at SXM. Looks like the boys had some fun showing off, hope no one was hurt (people by fence).
Anonymous
10 years ago
Extremely real low!! T.B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I must say that I had had enough of pictures from St. Maarten until I saw this one. This is definitely the best picture ever taken so far at this location (very clear, at the right time and very dramatic) Well, the best picture until somebody posts a picture of the same situation but taken from the beach (that would be one hell of a photo!!)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Holy crap man dude this picture is amazing, this is my first time seeing plane landing so early out.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic Shot, I Love It
Anonymous
10 years ago
Can´t be much earlyer! Have to see this place, even ones on my life. I think, I may love Princess Juliana. (from EFHF/DO)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Either the captain or f/o landing her had to have been ex-Navy fighter jocks thinking they were landing on a carrier! (lol)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great pic
Anonymous
10 years ago
Dear guys at the fence!!! When you read this PLEASE write down how it feels, when you nearly get crushed by a 747....
Anonymous
10 years ago
Terrific shot!
This is what I call by low pass!
Awesome job Chris, with a lot of luck, huh?
Regards
Letnar
Anonymous
10 years ago
It must have been a great moment for those guys at the fence.. i wish i was there :P
Anonymous
10 years ago
Brilliant!
Anonymous
10 years ago
There is another photo of this landing from a different angle. It appears this 747-400 did touchdown at the end of the displaced threshold! Amazing photo!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Imagine you werer on the beach at that moment....
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb shot! The pilots did a great job scaring the people at the fence. Cheers guys!. To see the sandstorm on the beach, take a look at <a href=http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1078774/L>this</a> one!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I just wish i was there man.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That poor bastard crouched down behind the fence must have thought his world was about to end!! Gvien that the base of the tail appears to be about 10-15 feet above the fence as it passes, can anyone venture a guess as to how much the main gear missed the fence by?
Anonymous
10 years ago
GREAT SHOT! I'd love to see that place sometime...
Anonymous
10 years ago
That must be a very thrilling experience for those fence huggers. I wonder what the view is like from down there.
Anonymous
10 years ago
An amazing shot! There is another photo on here of this same landing shot from a different angle which clearly shows this KLM 747-400 landing at the end of the undershoot/displaced threshold!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Dreams hang in the air certainly breath-taking
Anonymous
10 years ago
I was in St. Maarten in 2003 and believe me... it f*cking hurts when you sit on the beach and a Jumbo lands right behind you. It's like a sandstorm!
Anonymous
10 years ago
It must be a short runway
Anonymous
10 years ago
GREAT PICTURE!! but hey! watch out! some 100 meters short and it would have changed from a good picture to a terrible accident!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Must be warm sitting behind all that jet blast.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excelent!
Anonymous
10 years ago
As a pilot, we are trained from the begining to touch-down on or beyond the piano keys....not scare the crap out of the surfers in the combie van on the boundary road.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Watch Out! 747-400 is coming!!! Excellent Pic!
Anonymous
10 years ago
A few months ago I had no knowledge of Airliners.net. Since becoming aware of the website, I have come to the conclusion, based on pictures such as this, that I must travel to St. Maarten and experience this airport first hand.

Thanks for the terrific photo! I can't wait to take a few myself!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Crazy Dutch!Great photo!i wonder what's the feeling when you have a 747 few meters above your head!
Anonymous
10 years ago
An amazing shot probably the best ever at SXM! There is another photo of this landing from a different angle and it appears this KLM 747 did land on the undershoot/displaced threshold. There is no way the pilots planned to land that shot. One of my favorites of all time!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Click on the registration PH-BFG to see this scene from another viewing angle!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The other photo of this landing states this 747 did land before the piano keys - hence the displaced threshold! Great photo nonetheless!
Anonymous
10 years ago
No professional pilot aims to land on the piano keys let alone before them. The aiming point is your target nearly every time or just before. I appreciate that SXM is fairly short for heavies but this was not a safe landing. As a professional pilot my captain would roast me for doing this! Do they have PAPI's or VASI's at SXM? My guess is not! She is barely over the fence and she's already flaring! Absolutely incredible!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Terrific. This picture could spell "violation" for the pilots, however. It is clear they are touching down in the underun which is not stressed for landing or takeoff. I'd like to see if the pavement is damaged, which it most certainly is.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I've never seen a shot like this. You caught it not only mere feet from the runway, but this pilot could not have landed any shorter. Nice job.
Anonymous
10 years ago
In the right place at the right time! Great angle, and crisp image!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Many of us have seen pictures taken at this airfield, but I've never seen one quite like this. I cannot imagine how those railbirds were feeling, or what the jet blast must have been like.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I bet the guy crouching behind the fence is saying "Anyone know where my hat went??"

Great shot Chris. Must have been great to watch in person.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow-not a good decision on this pilots part
Anonymous
10 years ago
This has got to be the world's BEST place for spotting and Chris has captured an amazing pic of this KLM which must have passed over the fence by a whisker! Great shot indeed. I LOVE these SXM pics.
Keep them coming!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What an amazing picture ! Great !
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW!!! What an amazing shot! I'd been there in Maho Beach & can't imaging such a low approach.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I think it is a stuning picture of the 747
Anonymous
10 years ago
Those yellow chevrons incidate an underrun. This area is never to be used for taxi, takeoff, or landing. If there were arrows pointing to the threshold (piano keys) it would be usable for takeoff only. Pilots MUST land beyond the piano keys, always. Bad decision on their part - likely damage to the asphalt, but great photo!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Now now..... most airports have the luxury of longer runways, so landing beyond thresholds is not an option. However SXM has not that luxury and i'm quite sure the asphalt where that plane touches down is not of inferior quality to the rest of the runway. After all, being able to accomodate such large birds is good for tourism and the cost of the extra asphalt is nothing to it. Probably the guys who built SXM know better than us, don't you think?
Anonymous
10 years ago
I can't believe somebody got this shot! This was the day i arrived in SXM few hours earlier and that is me running away at the fence. I was standing there waiting to get a good picture with 2 other guys. As the plane was just over the beach i saw it coming too low so i took off running and as you can see i'm almost about ready to jump over the guard rail. Never got the pic.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
10 years ago
Aircraft: good drama on short landing; human: "fence-huggers" had obvious thrill/scare; photo: sharp, well-composed, and depth-of-field adds to shot -- all work together: bravo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Am I right in thinking this airport has no automatic landing system? i have seen no other airport with an approach like this only other approach thats just as exciting i can think of is Gibraltar lovely photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
There's a "moment" to remember forever - great shot, great timing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great pic!! =)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent shot- how did it even make it over the fence!!!!????
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutly 5 stars. wonderful shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just an amazing shot,what a beautiful picture of everything.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Whhhoooo weeee rock 'n roll

love to have been there

Greetings all from Melbourne, Australia
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, what a great shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
It made you have to duck. I lived by O'Hare and never had to do that.
Anonymous
10 years ago
No where else in the world could you get skid marks on your head! :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good clarity, outstanding photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great action! B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Such a beauty!! WOW!!!!
thanks for sharing!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great Picture. I have a house in St.Maarten. It is really an amazing sight to see!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice picture
Anonymous
9 years ago
Really nice
Anonymous
9 years ago
Thanks for the awesome pic. Perfect shot. I sure want to go there someday.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow thats nice!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing photo. I wish I was the guy croutching down at the fence getting the jet blast!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Mamma Mia! How much is it to go there?? I will!!!!! To see this bird land is just thrilling!!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
That is close, we dont even see the piano keys yet,probably just cleared the fence by a couple meters or less, nice shot thanks for sharing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice one...great job!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Jesus,this guy was too low!..But the picture is really something!! My congraz!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Looking at these pictures makes me go this place!
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a crasy Landing, Nice shot and i wish i could be there......
Anonymous
9 years ago
Awesome shot
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very nice Photo....
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice
Anonymous
9 years ago
Absolutely amazing. What a great catch!
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a great shot! Absolutely amazing!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I can hear the GPWS yelling "terrain, terrain", "pull up, pull up"! If you look closely will be able to see some costumer's hat! Thumbs up!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Just...! Fantastic shot and well captured. No piano keys in sight!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Congratulations, pick is marbelius
Anonymous
9 years ago
All the pilots that land at this airport in this type of airplane are the best. This runway is too short for making soft landings... very nice picture thank you!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Ja wel, That is the flying dutchmen for you, damn good flying but they are used to it, these pilots. Keep it safe guys and keep it going I will be flying with you again
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot, the 3 men in boarder are sheet in ground!! it´s a big mounster
Anonymous
8 years ago
Landing planes are challenging. Landing big planes at Princess Juliana makes it even more challenging; and there is nothing better than seeing the crew of this KLM B744 doing it so perfectly.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Seen loads of photos and video's of this place and they are all bonkers! Must go there one day!
Anonymous
8 years ago
What a landing shot.I love this place hope to go there soon.Its a 5 star shot
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is really one of my favourite photo's on A.net. Especially if you know that this landing is prohibited: I know from internal sources at KLM that these pilots had to explain theirselfs at their manager after this landing got public.
Anonymous
8 years ago
If that was a PanAm plane it would be named Clipper of the Fence. (It barely missed it.)
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great picture!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Purely amazing!!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
OK he definitely won the lowest approach of the year award by a heavy. Too bad for the passengers , they had no idea how their final looked from the outside!
Anonymous
8 years ago
You caght the right moment. I have seen your work and I vow to it!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hah... bet it was a double-dare
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very nice picture ! I would like to be at the fence !!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Holy cow!
Acording to the Aeronautical Manual those yellow stripes mean than that part of the runway shouldn't be used at any time, but MY GOD that pilot has guts, and the picture is amazing.
Congratulations!!!!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow, Nice Shot!, You Can See A Man Croched Behind The Fence, I Bet He Got Abit Of A Shock!, Close Call For The Pilot! If Anyone Has Tried Landing A Plane They Will Know Its Hard. But, Any Landing You Can Walk Away From Is A Good Landing, And The Passengers Wont Have A Clue Whats Going On, Unless Your Into Aviation! :D But Great Shot 5/5*
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing Photo
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow, this photo is incredible!! I'd bet the fence guys felt this wasn't fun for a couple of seconds....congrats !!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing.. i would love to got there
Anonymous
7 years ago
Woooow. i am surprised nobody grabbed the gear, lol.
:-). No I mean really nice position. Very nice picture.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very good job!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I was just at Maho for the first time today. This photo pretty much sums it up!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing approach! But really, that KLM pilot almost hit the fence and it seems he touched over the runway Chevrons (those yellow arrows). For those who know, the chevrons are a part of the runway used on emergency conditions, and it's pavement is kind of "soft", what makes the gear of the airplane sink in the pavement. This helps when the airplane aborts a take-off and needs to stop faster.
Anyway, an AMAZING shot!
WOOOP, WOOOP - Terrain, Terrain - PULL UP! Hahahaha!
Anonymous
7 years ago
It never ceases to amaze me that Boeing 747-400's can touchdown in very cramped spaces as such runway 09. And even more amazing are the extremely low passes these behemoths make over Maho Beach. I have to visit this beach someday before I die...it's a great place for plane-watching
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great timing and composition
Anonymous
6 years ago
747-400, god of technology!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Incredible photo, I wish I were near the fence !
Anonymous
6 years ago
So sad, KLM has changed the aircraft coming here to an A330.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Superb. Period. The pilots too. The photographer must be awarded for making such attracting photo for tourists, therefore, income for the island. Don't forget about the pilots, too! I need to go there!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Woooooooooooooow!!.. Just AWESOME!!!!....
Anonymous
6 years ago
THIS photo should be the number 1 photo on A.net.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Catches the plane very well
Anonymous
6 years ago
The tail almost hit the fence :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Thats just incredible!
Imagine the sound if you were there ducking at the fence.... it kind of blows your head away...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Very brave people at the fence.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Would be nice to mark the touching point, and to see who gets closer. At what speed is the plane passing?
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reminds me of the movie Pushing Tin... wonder if those guys got thrown by the jetwash
Anonymous
5 years ago
'Dare Devils' behind the fence! - What would it take then to scare those punks away? Cool Foto though!!! doubleC MW
Anonymous
5 years ago
How did this bird manage to pass above the fence at speed of about 160 and seem to touch down on the chevrons? XXX
Anonymous
5 years ago
Time to review the meaning of the yellow chevrons.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beautiful bird still makes her presence known, hence the cowering fence huggers :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
THE place to go and THE thing to see before you die (:
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is the lowest approach i have seen in 4 years. Thumbs up to the cameraman and the pilot
Anonymous
5 years ago
I think the pilot has it backwards...you land between the piano keys....not the chevrons lol. Awesome pic!
Anonymous
3 years ago
One of my all time favourite shot at Anet... But I guess the captain had some explaining to do after this landing. The touchdown was way before the runway threshold.
Anonymous
5 months ago
This is a very rare shot