Chicago air traffic facility evacuated for basement fire
Friday, September 26, 2014
A Chicago, Illinois air traffic facility was evacuated early this morning due to a fire. The fire occurred in a telecommunications room in the basement. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all metropolitan Chicago flights and transferred airspace responsibilities to nearby facilities to accommodate affected air traffic.
Authorities, including a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said they suspected an FAA contractor set the basement on fire, but did not believe him to be a terrorist. He was later hospitalized for a self-inflicted wound. Another employee was treated for smoke inhalation.
Flights already en-route to the Chicago metropolitan area were still allowed to either continue more slowly or divert to another unaffected airport. The FAA said passengers in the area and surrounding airports and possibly airports around the region, might experience flight delays or cancellations, causing long lines at airports, and encouraged them to check flight information with their carriers.
The incident is being investigated by the FAA, the(FBI), and the Aurora Police and Fire departments.
- Tony Molinaro, Elizabeth Cory. "Press Release – FAA Statement–Event at Chicago Air Traffic Facility" — , September 26, 2014
- CBS/Chicago air traffic halted over fire at FAA facility" — , September 26, 2014