(CHICAGO) — Air traffic was grounded at both of Chicago’s airports Tuesday after smoke was detected in a building, causing Federal Aviation Administration personnel to evacuate.
“At approximately 11:30 a.m., all FAA personnel were evacuated from the Chicago terminal radar approach control, or TRACON facility, in Elgin because of smoke in the building,” FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said in a recorded statement.
According to the Elgin Police Department, the smoke was reported to be coming from a vent shaft. In accordance with safety procedures, the building was evacuated and, as a result, all flights were grounded.
“A ground stop for all flights into and out of Chicago O’Hare Airport and Chicago Midway Airport is in effect,” Molinaro said in the recording.
An investigation into the cause of the smoke concluded that it was triggered by “a faulty motor in the HVAC system,” the Elgin Police Department said in a statement.
The building has since been deemed safe and TRACON aviation supervisors have been allowed back inside.
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