Mon, Dec 22, 2003
Close Call Prompts Airline Statement
On the evening of
Tuesday, Dec. 9, Mexicana Airlines flight MX819 bound for Chicago
O'Hare (ORD) airport from Guadalajara/Morelia was in violation of
safety standards established by the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) by flying too closely to another aircraft upon its final
approach to the airport.
The airline says, contrary to published reports, the aircraft's
pilot, Capt. Enrique Guadarrama, was immediately alerted to the
issue by the anti-collision system of the A319 aircraft and
subsequently implemented the proper evasion maneuvers specifically
designed for such cases. The pilot landed the plane safely at 6:45
p.m. CST, and neither the passengers nor the crew were injured.
Following the incident, Mexicana says it immediately contacted
the FAA and have since been providing our full cooperation in the
routine investigation of the incident. "We are currently conducting
our own internal investigation into the incident to determine
specifically what happened and ensure that such an incident is
avoided in the future. We will continue to keep both our customers
and the authorities informed as more information becomes
available," Mexicana said in a statement to Aero-News.
"At Mexicana Airlines, passenger safety is our highest priority.
Through the use of the most modern flight simulator in Latin
America, our crews receive extremely advanced and thorough training
in our Mexico City training facility," the airline statement
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