I’m in Chicago this weekend for FTU Advanced, and I know well over a hundred people are flying in for that. For those of you that are enroute to Chicago but haven’t been following the news, it looks like a vast majority of flights to/from Chicago have been canceled. As of now there’s a ground stop till noon for O’Hare and Midway, and hundreds of flights have been canceled.
Via CBS Chicago:
Authorities said a contract employee at a Federal Aviation Administration radar center in Aurora set a fire in the building Friday morning, prompting the facility to be evacuated, and grounding all flights to and from Chicago’s airports.
More than 700 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport as a result of the fire, and more than 150 were canceled at Midway International Airport, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.
Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas said a contract employee at the facility apparently set the fire, and suffered burns and self-inflicted knife wounds. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports it was not immediately clear if the employee was deliberately trying to sabotage equipment at the facility, but Thomas said there was no explosion and the fire was not a terrorist act.
Self-inflicted knife wounds? Ouch. Hope everyone involved is okay.
To those of you flying into/out of Chicago today, what has been your experience dealing with this situation?