Faulty exhaust fan smokes out Chicago’s aviation


Chicago O’Hare International and Chicago Midway airports were in a state of chaos on Tuesday, as an electrical difficulty occurred at a radar facility, causing the cancellation of around 700 flights and forcing officials to hit the pause button on all air traffic at one of the country’s busiest aviation hubs.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all officials were evacuated from the Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Control facility in Elgin, around 11:30am on Tuesday and were allowed to return around three hours later, where they then scrambled to clear a backlog of delayed flights at Chicago’s two major airports.

Most flights in and out of O’Hare were delayed by an average one hour or more, with more than 600 flights cancelled, while around 75 flights were cancelled at Midway.

According to an Elgin fire department official, the smoke was caused by a bathroom exhaust fan in a ceiling which overheated and melted insulation on some wires, pushing smoke through the facility’s ventilation system and into the control room.

Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
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