DALLAS, TX — Reports of smoke in the DFW Terminal Radar Approach Control tower, which handles airspace in most of North Texas, Wednesday afternoon caused delays to and from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Chris Perry, spokesman for the Department of Aviation – Love Field, told Patch that flights had also been delayed at the airport at around 12:30 p.m.
Yahoo News journalist Ethan Klapper tweeted a string of messages about the delay, including on claiming the smoke may have been caused from construction work.
Seeing widespread reports about some sort of evacuation at the D10 (Dallas) TRACON. This is a radar facility that handles departures and arrivals into the Dallas area. I can confirm there is a Ground Stop. I’ve reached out to @FAANews for more info and will share. pic.twitter.com/a2xBQDDchs— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) February 13, 2019
Air traffic controllers at DFW were on their way back inside around 1:45 p.m.
"Ground stops are lifted at DFW and DAL, though DFW is still reporting 60-minute departure delays," Klapper tweeted at 1:48 p.m. "The controllers are back on position and the airspace is back to full capacity. It will likely take some time to work through the delays. Please contact the airlines for specific flight information, including the number of delays and cancellations."
KRLD news director Paul Mann also confirmed the removal of the smoke at DFW airport.
#BREAKING from FAA: Update 127 p.m.: DFW DPS is clearing the remaining smoke from the building. We hope to have controllers back on position within the next 30 minutes. After that, the ground stop will be gradually lifted as the airspace gets back to full volume. @KRLD— Paul Mann (@PaulMannKRLD) February 13, 2019
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