An incident at Mexico City International Airport where two jets almost collided on the runway sparked an investigation into security protocol, the resignation of a chief executive, and a significant reduction in activity at one of Latin America’s busiest gateways.
A video of Saturday’s miss shows two Volaris (a low-cost Mexican airline) plane – one landing and the other flying straight over, which is about to take off.
Asked about the incident at a news conference on Monday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said:There was an error, being investigated.Noting that air traffic problems at the airport should be addressed, he added: “Tell people that there is no danger, we are responsible, and all the people who work in aviation are professional people and good people who do not wish bad luck.“
Deputy Transport Minister Roselio Jimenez Ponce, however, did not downplay the incident, saying it was “.A pretty serious, disturbing event“
He emphasized that the timely response of the pilots had prevented an accident, as confirmed by Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris, who had ordered an internal investigation into the incident.
Close-miss, according to Ponce, is probably related to an air traffic control error. He explained that the current lack of air traffic controllers complicates the work.
“These experts need fair conditions to perform such a demanding job,He said in an interview with El Universal.
In an interview with Radio Formula, Ponce revealed that in the next 12 months, 25% of operations will be gradually relocated to other airports, most of which will be operated from Philippe Angeles, to reduce the load on Mexico City International. International Airport. He said the transfer would start between August and September.
On May 8, a day after the near-miss, Victor Hernandez, director of navigation services at Mexican Airspace (SENEAM), announced his resignation.
This follows a report by the International Federation of Airline Pilots Association (IFALPA), which was published on May 4 and expressed concern about the frequent occurrence of Mexico City International.
“Last month, IFALPA was alerted to a number of incidents involving low-fuel aircraft arriving at MMMX due to unplanned holdings, diversions due to excessive delays, and significant GPWS warnings where a crew had almost terrestrial controlled flights.The report said.
In May 2021, the US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) downgraded Mexico’s aviation safety rating from 1 to 2, meaning the United States will allow Mexican airlines to operate flights to the United States, but they will not be able to add new routes.
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