Monday, January 25, 2010

Maybe It's the Cabin Fever...

There's been nothing but snow-and-more-snow here in the midwest for what seems like forever, so I'm attributing this non-digital art post to Cabin Fever. Every once and awhile I'll see a photo of a commercial aircraft landing taken at Princess Juliana International Airport on the island of Saint Martin in the northeast Caribbean.

Princess Juliana is famous for its extremely short approach which includes a popular tourist beach immediately before the end of the runway. As a result, many images show up on the web documenting these low approaches prior to landing. But the one that takes the cake in my book is this one:

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Here is a video that is apparently of the same landing:

You can use both of the links to see many similar images and video taken at Princess Juliana by visitors. It certainly looks scary, but I don't believe that there has ever been a disastrous incident. By the way, the KLM pilots are famous for their particularly low Princess Juliana approaches and this landing tends to support it!

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome, John. My husband used to fly small planes from a small airport here on Lake Erie. The short runway ended right at the water.

    I called him in to watch your video -- which he loved. Made him want to climb back into the cockpit. I'm thinkin' How dangerous! and he's thinking Yeah man!