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Too Close For Comfort: Boeing 747 Reverse Takeoff

Aircraft almost always land and depart from Runway 10 at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in St. Maarten.

But in this video, a KLM Boeing 747-400 departs from Runway 28, taking off just a few hundred feet from the people watching on Maho Beach. Check it out, then pass it on.

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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