Performers Oleg Kolisnichenko, 36, and Yuliia Nos, 25, appear to be just feet away from the aircraft in the daring snap on Maho Beach, on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. The duo, who have been performing together for three years, were keen to take the souvenir snap having just reached the end of a cruise.
But despite the impressive timing, the stunt was met with criticism rather than praise from social media users.
“We absolutely love acrobatics and we like to have fun with it outside of work,” said daredevil Nos, from Kiev, Ukraine.
“After a few tries, we managed to perform it as the plane arrived, but we didn’t expect it to be so big and so close to us.
“It didn’t touch my feet but I felt so much air from the plane and I lost my balance. It was so much fun and exciting but it was only after I realized how dangerous it was.”
“It didn’t touch my feet but I felt so much air from the plane and I lost my balance,” Nos admitted.
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One Instagram user wrote: “Extremely stupid. When the plane hits her foot she will actually never walk again. What a stupid move.”
Each year thousands of tourists flock to Maho Beach to watch planes fly in and out of Princess Juliana International Airport. The beach is unusually close to the runway, and directly under the flight path of aircrafts passing just 30 meters above ground.
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Last year, a 57-year-old New Zealand tourist died after being blown back and suffering serious head injuries from a jet blast. And despite local authorities warning the public not to stand in the path of such blasts of departing aircraft — for fear of death and/or serious injury — many still hold onto the fence separating the beach and the runway.