Flights into and out of Richmond International Airport are impacted because of a construction-related evacuation at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Leesburg.
The FAA also slowed flights into Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport.
Notice the lack of airplanes flying over parts of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia due to the Wash Center evacuation. pic.twitter.com/x0h9y7uWJY— AirwaysLive (@airwayslive) July 10, 2017
The FAA said in a statement Monday that fumes from construction work got into the control room at a facility in Leesburg, Virginia, that handles high altitude flights over the area. The FAA said the facility was ordered evacuated by local fire officials around 6:40 p.m. The FAA said that as a result of the evacuation, the facility stopped accepting new flights to handle and handed off airborne flights to other traffic control facilities.
According to WRC, air-traffic controllers were cleared to re-enter the building at 9 p.m.
Update via #RIC Ops: Washington Center has lifted ground stop and planes should be departing soon.— Richmond Airport RIC (@Flack4RIC) July 11, 2017
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