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 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.
O'Hare, Midway Continue To Increase Flights After Radar Center FireAs the FAA continues to make repairs to a severely damaged radar center in Aurora, flight performance at Chicago’s two airports has gradually improved as air traffic controllers have shifted to facilities in four other states to pick up the slack.
FAA Radar Center Still Shut Down; Limited Flights Running At O'Hare, MidwaySeveral hours after an apparently disgruntled contract worker set a fire at a Federal Aviation Administration radar center in Aurora, the facility was still considered a crime scene Friday afternoon, and limited flights were operating at O'Hare and Midway airports.