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An Aeroméxico plane aborted a landing in Mexico City due to runway overcrowding.

Latest NewsAn Aeroméxico plane aborted a landing in Mexico City due to runway overcrowding.

Aeroméxico plane landing at Mexico City airport.Misael Valtierra (Dark Room)

Panic over safety in Mexico led to yet another catastrophic episode. Aeroméxico Flight 762 from Bogotá was forced to abort at Terminal 2 of Mexico City International Airport this Wednesday. At about 20:25 (local time) the plane was ready to extend the landing gear, but suddenly the plane took off again with all the necessary power in such cases. It’s like going on a roller coaster. Hangars and landing doors were already visible through the windows, according to the experience of two journalists of this newspaper. It took another 20 minutes to arrive at the airfield to return to the landing route. One of the pilots confirmed to the passengers that the decision was made due to runway overcrowding.

This Thursday afternoon, Aeroméxico reported that Flight 762 “go-arounds in accordance with national and international safety protocols” because there was another aircraft on the runway that was slowly leaving the site. “Such maneuvers guarantee the integrity of operations,” the airline’s Twitter account says.

Concerns have arisen in recent weeks about airspace redevelopment in the Mexico Valley. Since the foundation stone was laid for the construction of the new airport at the Santa Lucia military base, there has already been concern about its operation. Last March, when the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) was put into operation, it was warned of dangerous close encounters between planes, sabotage and planes that land with little fuel in the face of air traffic. Over the weekend, the director of the Mexican Air Navigation Service (Seneam), Victor Manuel Hernandez Sandoval, resigned after an incident in which a Volaris plane was about to land but had to resume flight to avoid a collision with the aircraft on the runway. .

The Mexican government, under pressure from these developments, said on Tuesday that the new airfield will handle more than 100 commercial operations per day, including Aeroméxico, following incidents at Mexico City International Airport. Cargo and charter flights will also move to Saint Lucia. Problems in Mexican aviation are visible from the rearview mirror. In 2014, the airport exceeded the safety limit with 34.2 million passengers, in 2019 they reached 50.3 million. Flight delays (during takeoff or landing) and even the cancellation itself were part of the keynotes in the Mexican capital. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, as it stands for it in English) has withdrawn the country’s Category 1 aviation security rating after assessing that in “several areas” they do not meet the minimum standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The airport workers’ union blamed the busy hours for the fact that incidents in Mexico have jumped by up to 300% over the past year. The country, which opened a new airport two months ago, is now in crisis.

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