Love Field Traffic Controllers Forced To Evacuate, All Flights Delayed After …
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Air traffic controllers were forced to evacuate from the DFW Terminal Radar Approach Control at Dallas Love Field airport, which manages airspace across most of North Texas, after a report of smoke in the building, possibly from ongoing construction work.
The DFW Terminal Radar Approach Control evacuated due to smoke, which caused a ground stop at DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field. (photo credit: Erin Jones/Twitter)
As a result, all inbound and outbound flights were delayed for about an hour Wednesday afternoon.
The airport tweeted: “We apologize for the inconvenience. If flying this afternoon/evening, confirm your flight’s status with your airline.”
The FAA put the ground stop in place to help manage the volume of traffic in the interim.
The evacuated radar room isn’t inside either of the airport’s control towers.
The two control towers at DFW are still staffed and operational. Under the airport’s contingency plan, controllers from the radar room were relocating to the control towers at DFW to resume limited service in the affected airspace for both DFW and Dallas Love Field.