Watch: Dramatic Footage of Aborted Landing as 737 Approaches SXM

If you’ve visited Sint Maarten, or even if you haven’t, chances are quite high that you’ve seen an airplane or two come in to land at Princess Juliana International Airport, or SXM. I know I’ve seen it dozens of times and I’ve even posted video of my experience watching a plane take off from Maho and being on a plane as it arrives at SXM.

I stumbled across this video shot in 2017 of a 737 attempting to land at SXM during stormy weather. You can tell that the plane is way too low almost immediately and then, suddenly, the pilot guns the engines and the plane ascends to abort the take off. It then comes around one more time to land successfully. Thankfully, very quick action on behalf of the pilot helped prevent a catastrophe.

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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