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FAA facility evacuation prompts delays at 3 DC-area airports

  • Flights into and out of three airports in the Washington region were affected by an evacuation at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Virginia.
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport were all impacted, with flights halted for several hours.
Passengers wait in the Transportation Security Administration line at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington.
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Passengers wait in the Transportation Security Administration line at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington.

Flights into and out of three airports in the Washington region were affected by a construction-related evacuation at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Virginia.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport were all impacted, with flights halted for several hours.

The FAA said in a statement that a facility in Leesburg, Virginia, that handles high altitude flights over the area was evacuated about 6:40 p.m. Monday because of fumes from construction work.

The FAA says that as a result of the evacuation, the facility stopped accepting new flights and handed off airborne flights to other facilities.

The FAA said in a statement that air traffic controllers resumed operations at the facility about 9:30 p.m. Monday and that delayed flights were beginning to take off. Normal operations were expected to resume Tuesday morning.