Fumes at FAA facility cause delays at DC-area airports

BWI canceled flights board

Flights at BWI are grounded after an FAA facility in Virginia had to be evacuated Monday evening.

The facility stopped accepting new flights and handed off flights now in the air to other air traffic control facilities, Bergen said.

Flights into Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport have also been impacted. Steve Sterling, a spokesperson for ORF, says the evacuation has closed the airspace near Washington, D.C. He wasn't sure of the perimeter of the closure, but said the issue has affected several flights at Norfolk International.

The evacuation, at the facility that directs air traffic for the region's three airports, was expected to impact flights well into the night.

"We are actively working to fully ventilate the facility", the statement added. Delays out of Dulles were averaging about an hour and growing, the site said.

In the meantime, the FAA is slowing flights bound for the Washington area to manage air traffic. BWI Marshall said that American Airlines would cancel any flights that "are not now airborne".

From the window of the plane, passengers said they could see a long line of planes waiting as well.

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