Delta A319 unloaded on runway after aborted takeoff from Mexico City

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Yesterday, a Delta Air Lines Airbus A319 suffered an excursion off runway 05L at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) during takeoff. The aircraft had aborted takeoff due to engine failure and subsequently suffered a tire blowout. The incident resulted in the closure of the runway.

What happened?

On February 15, Delta Air Lines flight DL605 from Mexico City to Minneapolis was canceled due to an incident during takeoff from the Mexican airport.

The airline was using an Airbus A319, registration N354NB (built in 2002) for the flight. As the aircraft was taking off from Mexico City Airport Runway 05L, an engine failure forced the crew to abort the takeoff. It was thrown off at around 100 knots.

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As the plane slowed down, one of the tires burst, causing it to veer off the runway to the right. The aircraft came to rest outside the runway edge markings. While refusing takeoff, the Delta Airbus A319 damaged some drainage channel covers, as seen in photos and videos posted on social media.

Mexico City airport informed,

“While Delta flight DAL605 was about to take off, a tire burst. We executed our safety protocol and there were no major setbacks for passengers and crew. Passengers and baggage got off the plane and the flight was postponed. We have closed runway 05L/23R, and we are operating with runway 05R/23L.

Four hours later, MEX authorities announced that both runways were reopened and fully functional.

Delta’s N354NB has no scheduled flight Feb. 16-17, according to data from FlightRadar24.com. On February 18, the airline will operate at least two services, flight DL1361 between Minneapolis and Winnipeg (Canada) and flight DL2247 between Raleigh-Durham and Tampa.

Delta Air Lines in Mexico

Last year, Delta Air Lines carried 3.3 million travelers between Mexico and the United States, according to data provided by the Mexican government. It was the third largest US carrier in the country behind American Airlines (5.3 million) and United Airlines (4.6 million). Nevertheless, taking into account the joint efforts of Delta and Aeromexico, the two carriers are the main players in the market with around 20% market share.

In 2021, Delta recovered 90.3% of its pre-pandemic traffic levels to Mexico. Of the top three (American, United, and Delta), it was the only one that couldn’t exceed its 2019 traffic levels. Both American and United grew nearly 10%.

In February 2022, Delta is scheduling 2,401 flights between the United States and Mexico. It serves Cancún, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and San José del Cabo.

Another tire blowout incident

Delta Flight 605 wasn’t the only one to have an incident on Tuesday. An American Airlines flight also aborted takeoff after two tires burst on the tarmac at JFK International Airport in New York.

The flight was American Airlines 2829, to Phoenix, Arizona. The airline used a Boeing 737-800 registered N339PL, which is four years old. There were 142 passengers and six crew members on board. No injuries were reported and the passengers were transferred to another flight.


Although American Airlines’ N339PL was retired from service, it appears the aircraft only had one day off, as today it operated flights between Phoenix and Palm Springs, according to FlightRadar24. com.


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