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Chicago airports resume flights after smoke causes nationwide delays
Chicago airports resume flights after smoke causes nationwide delays

Controllers at a Federal Aviation Administration radar center near Chicago were working Tuesday evening to clear a backlog of more than 1,000 flights that were delayed an average of three hours after a faulty fan in a women’s bathroom whirled smoke into the center’s control room and prompted an evacuation. Though firefighters left the scene and lifted the evacuation in about an hour, the FAA had to wait hours more for the smell of smoke to fade before resuming operations. “To eliminate any distractions to controllers, the smoke and smells need to be completely cleared out,” FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said. FlightStats.com, which tracks airline activity...

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