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Flights around region impacted by fire at Chicago radar facility

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) --- One flight out of La Crosse was one of many affected after a small fire at a Chicago area radar facility.

A spokesperson for the La Crosse Regional Airport said that there is about a two hour delay on average at Chicago's airports.

Air traffic controllers are back at a regional radar facility where a small electrical fire forced a halt to all incoming and outgoing flights at both O'Hare and Midway airports.

Elgin Fire Capt. Anthony Bialek says a bathroom exhaust fan in a ceiling overheated and melted some wires and smoke was pushed throughout the facility's ventilation system.

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

Bialek says it took about an hour to find the source of the smoke.

There were no injuries, and controllers have been allowed to resume their work.

Flights headed to Chicago had to land elsewhere.

Dane County Regional Airport tells 27 News in Madison eleven flights landed there after being diverted from Chicago.

Our affiliate in Milwaukee, WISN reports, 16 flights have been diverted to Milwaukee.


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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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