Richmond flights impacted by Leesburg FAA evacuation

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/AP) — An emergency evacuation of a FAA facility in Leesburg, Virginia is impacting flights at Richmond International Airport.

The FAA said in a statement Monday evening that fumes from a construction project got into the control room. The facility monitors the air around several airports in the Virginia, Washington D.C. area.

The FAA says the facility was ordered evacuated by local fire officials around 6:40 p.m. and that the FAA is working to ventilate the facility. As a result, the facility has stopped accepting new flights to handle and handed off airborne flights to other traffic control facilities.

As a result, Richmond International Airport has issued “ground stops for departures as well as for arrivals except those coming from the south.”

Flights into Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport have also been impacted.

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Crews are working to ventilate the facility. They are expected to reopen at 9 p.m.

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