Abandoned for years, the Japanese airliner YS-11, whose production ceased in 1974, was an iconic figure at the entrance to Phillipsburg.
The very deteriorated condition of this former restaurant, the pile of rubbish and debris that littered both the inside and the outside made it a place susceptible to fires and other environmental deteriorations. A place very popular with squatters, the sanitary conditions were most harmful.
The Ministry of the Environment and Infrastructures of Sint-Maarten, after several vain requests to the owner so that it takes the necessary measures for the cleaning of the places, decided to proceed to the evacuation of the plane last week .
The cabin of the plane, once emptied and cleaned would be used offshore to create an artificial reef.
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