Close Call On Video At St. Bart’s


The Gustaf III airport at St. Bart’s, in the Caribbean, is well known as a challenging one for pilots and a scenic spot for planespotters, but last week, one enthusiast with a camera was caught on video in a close call. The photographer was focused on shooting a single-engine airplane on approach, when another photographer shooting 360-degree video caught him ducking as the Cessna 182 appears to skim just above his head.

A motorcyclist on the road nearby also ducked as the airplane flew over. How close, really, was the encounter? It’s hard to tell for sure, considering that camera angles and distances can be deceiving, but surely close enough to feel the propwash going by.