The terrifying moment a plane nearly CRASHES at St Maarten

  • Planes must drop in just a few feet above Maho Beach before touching down
  • Clip shows a Westjet Boeing 737 almost hitting the water as it attempts a landing
  • The pilots realise their predicament and power into the sky for another go

A normal landing at Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of St Maarten-St Martin is dramatic enough.

Planes must drop in just a few feet above Maho Beach before touching down.

So this footage of a passenger jet botching the approach and coming close to crashing is truly hair-raising.

 Dramatic footage has emerged of a Westjet Boeing 737 making a botched landing attempt at at Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of St Maarten-St Martin

Dramatic footage has emerged of a Westjet Boeing 737 making a botched landing attempt at at Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of St Maarten-St Martin

 The pilots quickly realise that they've come in too low at power up into the sky for another go

The pilots quickly realise that they've come in too low at power up into the sky for another go

 The filmmaker shot the clip from a bar and said that the sight of the plane coming in too low was 'shocking'

The filmmaker shot the clip from a bar and said that the sight of the plane coming in too low was 'shocking'

The clip, filmed on March 7 this year, shows a Westjet Boeing 737 almost hitting the water as it attempts a landing.

The pilots take no chances as the runway comes close and power up back into the sky for another attempt.

The plane makes a safe landing on the second attempt 45 minutes later.

The filmmaker said of the attempted landing that it was ‘a shocking moment for all of us at the sunset bar on Maho Beach’.

Watching planes swoop low overhead is one of the highlights of hanging out on the beach.

 The plane makes a safe landing on the second attempt 45 minutes later

The plane makes a safe landing on the second attempt 45 minutes later

And it’s enjoyable for the pilots, too.

The chief pilot of KLM’s Boeing 747 team, Paul van der Ven, told The Daily Herald last year: 'It is an iconic approach, especially because of the inseparable view of the blue Caribbean sea and the aircraft landing just behind the beach.'

Holidaymakers also enjoy being blasted by the jet engines of planes preparing for take off.

Princess Juliana, located on the Dutch side of the island (the other half is a French overseas collectivity), is the second-busiest airport in the eastern Caribbean region.

Its runway is less than half the length of those found at many international airports.

It was previously named one of the world’s most dangerous airports by the History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports. 

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