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Update: Fire At Chicago Air Traffic Ctr. Halts Flights

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Update: Chicago- (AP) Air traffic controllers have returned to a radar facility in Elgin following a smoke scare that has caused a ground stop at Chicago's two airports. Flights into and out of O'Hare and Midway were halted after controllers were forced to leave the facility just before noon.


There have been a few flights cancelled and one delayed at the Quad City International Airport in Moline. Local officials are checking to see if they are related to the incident at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

CHICAGO (AP) - Smoke in a regional radar facility has forced a halt to all incoming and outgoing flights at both of Chicago's airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration says all its personnel were evacuated from the Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Control, or TRACON, facility in suburban Elgin at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Spokesman Tony Molinaro says a ground stop is in effect for all flights in and out of O'Hare International and Midway airports.

Molinaro says inbound flights already in the air over the area were handled by a backup facility in the city of Aurora.

The FAA did not immediately release other details.
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