Two Volaris planes nearly collided at Mexico City International Airport when air traffic controllers failed to properly clear incoming plane for landing.
On May 7, 2022, a Volaris A320neo (reg. N545VL) flight Q64069 from Mexico City received clearance from ATC to line up on RWY 05L. The aircraft entered the runway but another Airbus A320neo (reg. XA-VRV) of same airline, performing flight Y4799 from Mazatlan, was on final approach when it received clearance to land on the same runway.
The pilots of flight Q64069 alerted the tower that they were on the runway but ATC confirmed the landing clearance for the approaching plane.
The crew of flight Y4799 noticed the plane on runway and went around after hearing pilots of a third plane expressed concerns about being cleared to land while the runway was occupied.
Flight Y4799 landed safely on the second attempt, while flight Q64069 took off safely for Guatemala City.