Dulles, Regional Airports Face Delays After FAA Facility Evacuation

Dulles, Regional Airports Face Delays After FAA Facility Evacuation

Fumes at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Leesburg have caused delays throughout the Washington D.C. metro region.

At 6:28 p.m. July 10, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue crews responded to the air traffic control center at 825 E Market Street for a potential hazmat situation. Fumes from roof work nearby got into the center’s HVAC system, Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said.

FAA personnel evacuated and Fire and Rescue crews ventilated the building. Fifty-one FAA employees were evaluated and one woman was taken to Inova Lansdowne as a precaution, Rinehart said.

According to an FAA release, the Leesburg facility handles high altitude flights over the area. Once air traffic control crews smelled the smoke, the facility stopped accepting new flights and handed off airborne flights to other air traffic control facilities for safe handling.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) have reported delays at Dulles International, Reagan and Baltimore airports. MWAA also recommends travelers check with their airlines for delays

As of 9:06 p.m., Fire and Rescue has left the scene and turned it over to building management.