Flights at RIC, DC airports affected due to fumes at FAA facility in Leesburg

Flights at RIC, DC airports affected due to fumes at FAA facility in Leesburg

LEESBURG, VA (WWBT/AP) - 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.

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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.

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