Hundreds of flights into and out of Chicago’s two international airports were put on hold for more than an hour Tuesday after a faulty fan whirled smoke inside a
Firefighters allowed FAA employees back into the building after an hourlong search for the origin of the smoke. The
The ground stop at
As employees evacuated, the FAA said their operations were immediately handed over to the FAA's Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill., which sequences planes on approach and departure.
The FAA's airport status webpage listed "OTHER / FIRE ALARM" as the reason for the ground stop at
Elgin Police Department Cmdr. Dan O'Shea said police and fire responded to a call of smoke and were working at the scene, but initial investigators did not find a fire.
WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported that some flights were being diverted to Milwaukee.