Chicago airport problems divert planes to GR

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Problems at O’Hare and Midway international airports in the Chicago area caused some planes to be diverted to to Gerald R. Ford International Airport Tuesday.

More than 12 domestic flights and one international flight had landed at Ford Airport Tuesday afternoon, airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez told 24 Hour News 8, and more were on the way.

If the planes fill the area next to the gates, they would be sent to the FedEx area and taxiways, Hernandez said.

Flights in and out of Ford Airport are operating normally, with the exception of flights to and from Chicago.

The problems arose after smoke was seen coming from a vent shaft in a Federal Aviation Administration building that houses radar control, according to NBC Chicago. A fire captain told NBC Chicago the smoke came from a ceiling bathroom exhaust fan and was blown throughout the building. He said there was no fire, but it took about an hour to find the source of the smoke.

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