Smoke disrupts air traffic at Dallas' 2 major airports

Smoke disrupts air traffic at Dallas' 2 major airports
5 years 5 months 2 days ago Wednesday, February 13 2019 Feb 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 2:27 PM February 13, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - Flights at Dallas' two major airports were temporarily halted after air traffic controllers were forced to evacuate a building because of smoke, and the resulting flight delays are expected to continue for hours.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says smoke was reported Wednesday in the Terminal Radar Approach Control Center at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the smoke may have been from nearby construction.

The control center is separate from the airport tower and directs air traffic across a much broader region. That means flights were also disrupted at Dallas Love Field about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.

A spokeswoman says two American Airlines flights and two Southwest Airlines flights on their way to Dallas were diverted to Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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