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By KELIN DILLON

The construction of Mexico’s new Santa Lucia airport has already registered 54 accidents, including workers being run over by cars, crushed between pipes, and drilling holes in their hands, adding to the country’s bevy of flight-related problems.

Mexico has already seen quite a bit of controversy over the redesign of Mexico City’s airspace to accommodate the Santa Lucia airport, which has since caused several near-disastrous collisions, leading to the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers (Sinacta) to publicly denounce the government’s aeronautics agency the Air Navigation Services in Mexican Air Space (Seneam).

A pile up of issues and public outcry against the airspace redesign caused a judge to put a suspension to the execution of the new flight plans on Saturday, April 24, while also citing environmental concerns as a reason for the freeze.

Now, Mexico’s airport woes continue, as the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) reports 54 accidents so far in the Santa Lucia airport’s construction, making for an average of three incidents a month, while the building is reportedly only halfway completed.

The incidents have included workers being impaled with rods, cuts on the face and hands by circle saws, stepping on glass, burns by cables, as well as the aforementioned pipe crushing and run-overs. 

It should be noted that there were another 74 registered worker accidents over the two-year construction period of the now-cancelled New Mexico City International Airport (NAIM), which has since been replaced by the Santa Lucia project.

…April 26, 2021

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