Fire At FAA's Chicago Center Impacts Flights In And Out Of OKC, Tulsa Airports


Friday, September 26th 2014, 9:29 am
By: News 9


A fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility Friday halted all flights in and out of the city's two airports. That has impacted several flights in and out of the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa International Airport Friday morning.

According to Will Rogers Airport's website, three flights arriving in Oklahoma City from Chicago, Southwest #302, U.S. Airways #4442, American #3062, have been canceled.

United #6119 that was set to arrive in Oklahoma City from Chicago at 10:17 a.m., has been delayed until 12:01 p.m.

The airport's website shows two flights to Chicago from Oklahoma City, American #3062, U.S. Airways #4442 have been canceled as well. And United #6248 to Chicago from Oklahoma City has been delayed until 10 a.m. 

A check at Tulsa International Airport's web site shows United flight #6140 to Chicago from Tulsa has been delayed until 10 a.m. Two American flights, #1326 and # 2973 have been canceled.

On flights coming from Chicago, American Airlines flight #2973 and #3093 have been canceled and United Airlines flight #3377 has had its arrival delayed until 12:12 p.m.

Airspace management has been transferred to adjacent air traffic facilities, the Federal Aviation Administration told CBS News.

It was the second time since May that a fire at one of the Chicago area's major control facilities prompted a ground stop at O'Hare and Midway international airports.

Friday's fire led to the evacuation of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said.

One injury was reported, Cory said.

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