According to videos released by local media and airline information of the incident, a plane had to stop its landing maneuver on Saturday to avoid colliding with a taxi plane on the runway at Mexico City Airport.
“This is an event we can not allow … these are very worrying events, which we must look into,” Transport Undersecretary Rosalio Jimenez Ponce told Milenio TV, announcing his resignation as director of navigation services Victor Hernandez Sandoval.
In two videos posted by local media, it appeared that the passenger plane was about to land, but the flight suddenly resumed as another plane continued to taxi on the runway.
Thanks to the training of our pilots in the situation reported at #AICM (Capital Airport) on the night of May 7 (…) no passengers or crew were in danger, “said Enrique Beltranena, Director of Volaris Airlines.
The event took place at Benito Juarez Airport, the busiest airport in Latin America, with 36 million passengers in 2021.
Victor Hernandez entrusted Sandoval with the task of redesigning the capital’s airspace to allow the operation of two airports in Mexico City, despite criticism from experts about the problems posed by maintaining two airports in a city surrounded by mountains and more than 2,200 meters above sea level.
The incident came after the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) on Thursday reported problems with crews repairing airspace in Mexico City to ensure the operation of another airport in Felipe Angeles.
IFALPA specifically states that aircraft are now subject to long holding patterns and have to land on less fuel.
Faced with the satisfaction of Benito Juarez Airport, the previous Mexican government decided to build a new airport in the capital suburb of Texco.
But President Andrs Manuel Lopez Obrador scrapped the project and began his plan to turn the military base into an airport, attracting criticism from investors and rivals.
In May 2021, the United States downgraded Mexico City Aviation Safety Rating due to a lack of proper monitoring.