Forget landing gear, this lucky tourist almost found out the meaning of landing ear when a plane skimmed the top of his head while taking a photo.
As the light aircraft came into the Gustaf III Airport in St Barts, one photographer tried to capture an once-in-a-lifetime image.
Plane spotter Sébastien Politano caught the incredible scene at what is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world, renowned for its difficult landing strip.
The photographer in the white t-shirt was crouched and primed with his camera when the aircraft approached the Caribbean runway.
The History Channel program Most Extreme Airports ranks Gustaf III airport, which is casually referred to as “St. Barth’s”, as the 3rd most dangerous airport in the world
oth the airport and the island’s main town of Gustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden, under whom Sweden obtained the island from France in 1784 (it was sold back to France in 1878). In 1984, Swedish Minister of Communications, Hans Gustafsson, inaugurated the terminal building of the Gustaf III Airport.
The airport is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight throughout the northern West Indies and as a curiosum, the Canadian-built de Havilland Dash 7 is the largest aircraft ever allowed to operate this airport. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle; departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway). The airport is located at the island’s second-largest town, St. Jean.