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Video: Jet blast at St. Maarten's airport kills tourist

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ST. MAARTEN (ABC NEWSONE) - A New Zealand tourist has been killed by the blast from a jetliner taking off at a seaside airport in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten, officials said Thursday.

The 57-year-old woman was knocked into a wall as she tried to cling to a fence to feel the blast on Wednesday, police said.

Officers added the woman was taken to the hospital, where she was declared dead.

Her name wasn't released.

Police said hundreds of tourists regularly ignore multiple warning signs to not stand by the fence at the Princess Juliana International Airport, which is less than 200 feet (60 meters) from the beach in the tiny territory.

"What happened is really sad. Above all this is a great tourist attraction. You should never put your life at risk when you are doing something like this. So I hope that people learn from this experience and don't do this again, just watch it safely."

Local authorities say dozens have been injured in recent years by the jet blasts, but this is the first time someone has died.