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Over one thousand flights canceled in Chicago after problems in air traffic facility

Over 1,100 flights were canceled on Tuesday at Chicago’s two main airports due to an electrical problem. Smoke was sent into a radar facility’s control room, which made officials call a temporary halt to all air traffic.

All employees were evacuated from the facility around 11:30 am and returned around 2:30 pm. By late afternoon, a limited amount of departures and landings had resumed.

The smoke was caused by a bathroom exhaust fan. The fan overheard and melted insulation on some wires, which caused smoke to move throughout the ventilation systems and into the control room.

By 3:30 pm about 75 percent of arrivals were back on track at O’Hare.

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