Updated 05/13/14 – 9:20 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Flights in and out of O’Hare and Midway international airports are resuming after a ground halt was ordered when the local radar facility was evacuated because of smoke inside the building.
The Elgin TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) facility was evacuated at about 11:30 a.m., according to a statement from the FAA. Elgin police said there was smoke coming from a faulty motor in an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) unit at the facility.
As a result of the evacuation of the Elgin TRACON, a ground stop was issued at O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport, meaning all flights in and out of the airports were halted.
According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, 1000 flights at O’Hare and 125 at Midway were cancelled and both airports experienced significant delays as of 8:30 p.m.