Smoke disrupts air traffic at Dallas' 2 major airports

Posted at 3:24 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 15:24:57-05

DALLAS (AP) — Flights at Dallas' two major airports were temporarily halted after air traffic controllers were forced to evacuate a building because of smoke, and the resulting flight delays are expected to continue for hours.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says smoke was reported Wednesday in the Terminal Radar Approach Control Center at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the smoke may have been from nearby construction.

The control center is separate from the airport tower and directs air traffic across a much broader region. That means flights were also disrupted at Dallas Love Field about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.

A spokeswoman says two American Airlines flights and two Southwest Airlines flights on their way to Dallas were diverted to Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas.