Flights into Dallas halted after reports of smoke at FAA facility

Scott Mills finishes fueling up an American Airlines jet at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas.

(Photo: AP)

Flights into Dallas have been halted and departing flights are showing significant delays Wednesday afternoon due to the evacuation of a building housing air traffic controllers.

FAA spokeman Lynn Langford said air traffic controllers were forced to evacuate from the DFW Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), which manages airspace across North Texas, due to reports of smoke, possibly due to nearby construction.

A ground stop has been issued to manage traffic. That means all inbound flights are being held at their originating airport. The ground stop currently runs through 2 p.m. Dallas time.

At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a major hub for American Airlines, the FAA is reporting departure delays of at least an hour and says the delays are increasing.

At Dallas Love Field, home to Southwest Airlines, Southwest says some arriving and departing flights have been diverted or cancelled. Travelers are encouraged to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

Langford said the facility that was evacuated was a radar room. The two control towers at DFW are still staffed and operational. Under the FAA’s contingency plan, controllers from the radar room are relocating to the control towers at DFW to resume limited service in the affected airspace for both DFW and Dallas Love Field.

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