Aviation Photo #1737210 Boeing 737-8BK - Caribbean Airlines

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taking of over Maho Beach - very very low about the fence!
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    Okke Behm -[GSN]-
    Caribbean Airlines
    Boeing 737-8BK
    Boeing 737-800 (BBJ2/C-40/P-8)
    Boeing 737-800 (BBJ2/C-40/P-8)
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    29635
    2326
    9Y-PBM
    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    March 17, 2010
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Comments (38)

Anonymous
12 years ago
That is a crazy photo!!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Very unusual picture from SXM using this QFU! Too bas it was not a 747, jet blast would for sure kick this people away!
Anonymous
12 years ago
That's just so sick.. If I were there a month earlier I'd be right under it! I've seen A330's A320's and 737's depart over the beach, but never so low! Awesome. I know how hard it is to capture this the right way!! Congrats.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Dramatic.. This is definitely pilot error. Either to low thrust setting or to little flaps.. nice catch nontheless!
Anonymous
12 years ago
An amazing photo! Very unusual, but interesting and awesome!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Wow man, very nice, this is the first picture I see for a take off from this side of the runway, we always see landings. great shot!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Unbeleveable! During takeoff!? Wow!
Anonymous
12 years ago
I think he rotated really late...
Anonymous
12 years ago
Wonderfull, this is just sick. Such a low pass must be thrilling to see and so painfull to hear.
Anonymous
12 years ago
What a capture! But this is, as others stated, probably pilot error. A 738 could have easily been at over 200 AGL if not more with that runway length.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Amazing, If this was a reported incident then yes pilot error but if not it was the pilot entertaining the crowd!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice shot, but those pilots were really cutting it too close there. I dont want to say they were being careless, but...they really shouldn't be pulling stunts like that
Anonymous
12 years ago
Photo great, captain....NOT. I fly this model airplane - doesn't really matter - but I will tell you that we all think this kind of thing is cool until that fence gets clipped by the main gear and flies onto the beach killing a couple tourists. All for the sake of showboating. Ego gets pilots in trouble. No room for it in this business.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nie picture, but I doubt pilot error. He's doing it on purpose!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Just Great
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great picture!! What a beach eh?
Anonymous
12 years ago
"What a capture! But this is, as others stated, probably pilot error.....:" Or maby he did it on purpose ;)
Anonymous
12 years ago
Very rare that this aircraft needs this much of an airstrip. great shot!
Anonymous
12 years ago
I'm must be there some day. Great shot mate!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Whoa! That's just way too intense! Too late on rotation, way too late. That would be so LOUD. Looks like he's using flaps 5... V-speed miscalculation...?
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great photo obviously, but imagine an engine failure at V1!
Anonymous
12 years ago
I think he is landing backwards
Anonymous
12 years ago
Caribbean Airlines!! the best flights to POS
Anonymous
12 years ago
Yikes!
Anonymous
12 years ago
A difficult shot to capture well. You captured it very well! I've photographed the DL B-737-700 taking off on Rwy 28 at SXM. The -700 has better performance than the heavier -800 but they are not going quite as far to POS versus ATL. Pilot error, probably not. Showboating maybe. Also consider that the tailwind component on a Rwy 28 departure will lengthen the take off roll. Great picture!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Caribbean Airlines shows how it's done!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great Shot!!!...never seen such a low departure out of runway 28...amazing!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Good show, BW! Hummingbird, flutter those wings. ;)
Anonymous
12 years ago
Very beautiful view!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Haha and somehow they manage to get 744s out of SXM...
Anonymous
12 years ago
Its not because I'm from Trinidad, but I highly doubt any airline pilot will "showboat" with their fully laden airliner.... definitely not my first thought (And I wouldn't dare to second-guess the skippers decision) Judging by the time of day, this is most likely "Caribbean 416" to KIN/MKJP. A RW28 departure (most likely as a result of calm winds)straight out makes a lot of sense where they'll pick up the B520 to their first waypoint.... or maybe even DIRECT ANTEX. Flaps 5 is standard company procedure for Caribbean airlines, and this is probably a result of "Precise Calculation" and a very high Assumed temperature (This takeoff is an airline accountant's wet dream)...besides the 737-800 is no performance miracle off the deck anyway.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Ahhhh memories
Anonymous
12 years ago
Most likely very high density altitude hot humid and if there was said to be a tailwind this is about as bad as it gets. however if the wind was calm it would make more sense to take-off toward the sea rather than toward the slopes. you cant also forget the possibility of a minor microburst:)
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great picture, stupid pilot. He was obviously showing off. Even with one engine out at V1 it's supposed to get 35 ft at the opposite threshold and for what I see, he was below that when he passed it. I flew the type and with both engines running you should be way above that.
Anonymous
12 years ago
That's why offering hearing-aids at Sunset Bar might be profitable. Technically, it's all been said before - extremely low way of takin'-off considering the length of the runway. Brilliant capture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
5 stars for getting our SXM attention back where it belongs - on an airplane and not on the tourists!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice Picture! Sadly this aircraft has suffered major damage in a runway overrun accident on 30 July, 2011 in Guyana.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Sand, sea, sun and airplanes...perfect vacation spot

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