Photo of the Day (3-23-2008)

No, this is not from the set of Lost. And no, this is not a shot of a plane crash-landing on a tropical island. But it sort of looks like it, doesn’t it? Matt.Hinsta captured this scene on the island of St. Maarten. He titled the photo “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” and writes that the beachgoers got “a rush as Air France flight 488 from Paris (operated by an Airbus A340-300) passes over their heads before touching down on runway 09 at Princess Juliana International Airport on Friday, March 21st, 2008.” He also points out that the woman on the far left is facing the wrong way. No word on whether this type of landing occurs 5 times an hour or once a week, but it seems pretty extreme, based on the vacationers’ body language.

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