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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, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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