Flights across North Texas, including those at DFW Airport and Dallas Love Area, have been delayed Wednesday by what turned out to be a minor incident at a TRACON radar facility close to DFW.
The incident, which was reported about 12:30 p.m, concerned smoke in a building, forcing air visitors controllers to evacuate. The smoke was believed to be related to close by ongoing development work, an FAA official stated.
“The FAA put a ground cease in place to help manage the quantity of visitors in the interim,” FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford stated in an e mail.
At 1:27 p.m., the FAA introduced that the DFW Department of Public Safety “is clearing the remaining smoke from the building. We hope to have controllers back on position inside the next 30 minutes. After that, the bottom cease shall be progressively lifted because the airspace gets again to full quantity.”
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However flight takeoffs and landings might be messy for a lot of the afternoon.
Travelers are urged to verify with their airline earlier than heading out to the airport.
The incident occurred at a FAA facility that controls visitors all through the area, and never at both of the DFW Airport management towers.
“Underneath our contingency plan, controllers from the radar room are relocating to the control towers at DFW to resume restricted service within the affected airspace for both DFW and Dallas Love Subject,” Lunsford stated.