Feds Want 13 Years, $4.5M Fine For Man Who Set Fire At FAA FacilityWhen Brian Howard set a fire at an FAA radar facility in Aurora in a failed suicide attempt in 2014, he caused “one of the most severe disruptions to air travel in recent memory,” federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.
Brian Howard Pleads Guilty To Setting Fire At FAA Radar Center In AuroraA 37-year-old contractor from Naperville has pleaded guilty to setting a fire at an Aurora radar facility last fall, crippling Chicago’s two airports, and disrupting air traffic all across the U.S.
Suspect In FAA Radar Facility Fire To Plead Guilty, Attorney SaysA plea agreement with prosecutors is being negotiated, with the goal being having Brian Howard do his time in a federal prison offering mental health treatment, defense attorney Ronald Safer said.
Formal Charges Filed Against Suspect In FAA Radar Facility FireFederal prosecutors formally filed charges Friday against Brian Howard, the Naperville man accused of setting fire to an FAA radar facility in Aurora last year, leading to a grounding of all planes at O’Hare and Midway.
FAA Radar Center In Aurora Fully Operational More Than Two Weeks After Fire The FAA radar center in Aurora is fully back up and running after a fire more than two weeks ago damaged the facility, sending air travel across the country into a tail-spin. A contract worker is accused of setting that fire.
FAA Techs Defend Backup System For Crippled Radar FacilityFAA employees who have helped keep air traffic moving safely over the Midwest since last Friday’s act of sabotage at a radar facility in Aurora are answering critics who have said there isn't a proper backup system in place.
FAA Chief Says Damaged Radar Facility On Track To Be Fixed By Oct. 13U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta planned to tour the crippleed Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Aurora, then meet with members of the Illinois congressional delegation to discuss repairs and an ongoing FAA review of the incident.
Emanuel Blasts FAA For Lack Of Backup For Crippled Air Traffic Center"How could you have an airport that is so integral to the national and the international system with no backup capacity that one individual can have this impact?" Emanuel asked Wednesday.
Brian Howard Was High Before Setting Radar Center Fire, Sources Say The man who allegedly sabotaged the air traffic navigation center in Aurora has admitted that he was high when he decided to set the fire to computer server racks in the building's basement and shutting down flight operations at Chicago's two major airports.
Air-Traffic Sabotage Suspect Held Without Bond The 36-year-old Naperville man accused of setting the fire at an Aurora radar facility that effectively shut down Chicago's airports made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, and a judge ordered him held without bond.
Suspect In Air-Traffic Disaster Apologizes Online For 'Leaving Big Mess'Brian Howard was charged in federal court with one count of destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities, the FBI said in a news release.