Los Angeles affected by Chicago airport shutdown

Sep 26, 2014 3:12 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California airports are reporting some cancelations and delays resulting from a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility that led to a ground stop at that city's two airports.

Spokesman Marshall Lowe says eight flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Chicago have been canceled Friday. He says 15 LAX arrivals from two airports in Chicago also were canceled.

At Orange County's John Wayne Airport, spokeswoman Jenny Wedge says at least two arrivals and two departures have been canceled.

The Chicago ground stop impacted air travel nationwide, as some 850 flights were canceled in Chicago alone and more were expected.

The fire started in the basement of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago.

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