CLEVELAND (AP) — A fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center has caused a number of flights to be diverted to or canceled in Cleveland.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport said Friday that 17 flights from various airlines were diverted there from Chicago. She says 20 flights headed to Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports had to be canceled. She says no further flights to Chicago were scheduled at Hopkins on Friday.
Cleveland was just one airport affected. The fire backed up air traffic around the country.
Authorities say the fire appeared to have been intentionally set by a contract employee who was authorized to be at the air traffic control center.