Sunday, September 02, 2012

Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON): Refrigerator fire at FAA facility causes ground stop at KDCA, KIAD, KBWI

WASHINGTON - A small fire at a regional air traffic control facility Sunday morning caused a brief ground stop at all three D.C. area airports, according to the FAA.

A refrigerator caught fire in an office area at the Potomac TRACON facility, which controls the area's airspace.

The ground stop only lasted about 25 minutes, and affected fewer than 20 flights at Reagan National, Dulles International and BWI Marshall airports. 

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A fire in an office refrigerator at an FAA facility in Warrenton led to a ground stop at all three major Washington-area airports early Sunday morning. 

The agency confirmed that the fire broke out at the Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON), which handles flights to the D.C. area. The ground stop was officially put in place at 8:40 a.m. Sunday and lasted for approximately 25 minutes.

The fire did not result in any injuries and affected only 15 flights. All other traffic was overseen by the FAA's Washington Center.

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