Aeromexico B737 at Merida on Jul 13th 2016, cleared for takeoff despite aircraft on runway, rejected takeoff

Last Update: July 14, 2016 / 21:38:40 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 13, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Aeromexico

Flight number
AM-421

Aircraft Registration
EI-DRD

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

Airport ICAO Code
MMMD

An Aeromexico Boeing 737-700, registration EI-DRD performing flight AM-421 from Merida to Mexico City (Mexico), was cleared for takeoff and was accelerating for takeoff from runway 10 at 10:32L (15:32Z), when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed due to sighting another aircraft on the runway. The aircraft braked heavily, the crew managed to avoid a collision and reported there was another aircraft on the runway, when tower queried for the reason of rejecting takeoff, reacting astonished about the presence of another aircraft.

An Interjet Airbus A320-200, registration XA-MTY performing flight 4O-2526 from Mexico City to Merida (Mexico) with 136 people on board, had landed at 10:31L and was turning to backtrack the runway to the apron when tower cleared AM-421 for takeoff.

EI-DRD returned to the apron. The aircraft was able to depart 5 hours later and reached Mexico with a delay of 5 hours.

XA-MTY departed Merida for the return flight 4O-2527 about 4 hours later with a delay of 3.5 hours.

Mexico's Transport Ministry reported flight AM-421 rejected takeoff when the crew observed an obstacle on the runway. The recordings of the communication between crew and Air Traffic Control have been forwarded to the aviation authority for investigation. Preliminary analysis suggests the tower controller cleared AM-421 for takeoff without verification of the runway being clear.

Metars:
MMMD 131746Z 12009KT 7SM SCT025 OVC300 34/22 A3005 RMK SLP178 56008 918 8/107 HZY
MMMD 131646Z 13011KT 7SM SCT020 OVC300 33/23 A3006 RMK 8/107 HZY
MMMD 131548Z 13012KT 7SM BKN015 OVC300 32/25 A3007 RMK 8/107 HZY MDT CU
MMMD 131446Z 12012KT 8SM FEW025 SCT150 27/24 A2998 RMK 8/530 RTS
MMMD 131422Z 09008KT 6SM BKN012 OVC300 29/25 A3007 RMK 8/507 HZY
MMMD 131422Z 09008KT 6SM BKN012 OVC300 29/25 A3007 RMK 8/507 HZY
MMMD 131343Z 10010KT 7SM FEW012 OVC300 28/25 A3006 RMK 8/107 HZY
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 13, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Aeromexico

Flight number
AM-421

Aircraft Registration
EI-DRD

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

Airport ICAO Code
MMMD

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