Aborted landings are safe maneuvers, affirms the SICT


After the disclosure of a couple of incidents in which Volaris and Aeroméxico planes participated, which could not land in the last week for different reasons at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) affirmed that flights at the country’s air terminals “continue to be carried out with the strictest conditions of safety, protection, care and attention for passengers.”

Through a statement, the agency explained that the failed approach maneuvers or go-arounds that occurred at the AICM (that of Aeroméxico on Wednesday night) are safe and are carried out for different reasons to protect crew members and passengers.

However, the secretary of the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers (Sinacta), José Alfredo Covarrubias, said that said maneuvers have increased during the last year and that there are even days that reach five and before it was one per month, although the reasons are different.

“We cannot allow it to become normal because it is not. With the previous director of the Navigation Services in the Mexican Air Space (Seneam) there was a bad work environment and lack of training, among other things. We are in a good moment to find solutions” he added.

For its part, the agency, through the Federal Aviation Agency (AFAC), reiterated that the failed approach maneuver, missed approach or go-around, as they are known in the aeronautical environment, is considered the safest of all for land at any airport and is the best decision the pilot and/or a controller can make.

With these arguments, the SICT intends to clarify the incidents in which aircraft of the two airlines participated without any further complications.

Based on technical information, the secretariat stated that the aforementioned maneuver, going into the air, is timely in the following cases: Because a plane that landed has not vacated the runway in use, because a plane is about to take off, but has not been authorized to take off, and another aircraft is approaching the runway (the latter must go airborne as a safety measure), when an aircraft or a vehicle crosses, invades or obstructs the runway or due to weather and/or visibility conditions (which makes it safer to go airborne).

They can also be due to sudden changes in the intensity of the wind, electrical failures on the runway or in airport facilities, some abnormal condition in the aircraft’s operating systems, tremors or earthquakes, which make it necessary to review the conditions of the runway padding and some other emergent or unexpected situation that requires the crew to go airborne.

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