Chicago O'Hare, Midway Temporarily Shut Down After FAA Facility Evacuated

Published 05/13 2014 12:48PM

Updated 05/13 2014 09:32PM

ELGIN -- A faulty air conditioning unit at an Air Traffic Control facility in Elgin forced the shutdown of both O'Hare and Midway airports for more than an hour, causing about a half-dozen commercial airliners and several private planes to be diverted to Chicago Rockford airport.

Smoke was reported in the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) at 1100 Bowes Road in Elgin at around 11:30am, reportedly causing sprinklers in part of the building to go off.  Controllers were evacuated, and both airports were put on 'hold,' meaning no flights could land or take off.  The 'all clear' was given just before 1pm.

Flights have resumed as normal, but activity at both airports will be disrupted for some time.

'Eyewitness News' has a crew at RFD and will have more on 'Eyewitness News' Local at 5 and 6.

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