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BREAKING: Chicago’s Midway International Airport ATC Tower SHUT DOWN

Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

BREAKING NEWS OUT OF CHICAGO- The FAA is closing the air traffic control tower at Midway International Airport, after three workers there tested positive for COVID-19.

“The air traffic control tower at Midway Airport is temporarily closing while we ensure a safe work environment for air traffic controllers and technicians,” the FAA said. “The FAA continues to maintain close contact with airports, airlines and other stakeholders during this situation.”

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The tower at Midway is currently being cleaned and disinfected.

There are no reports of how long that will take or the type of disinfectant being used.

“The airport remains open and operations will continue at a reduced rate until the situation is resolved,” the FAA said in a statement.

CBS News reports the airport will now operate one flight in, one flight out.

The arriving and departing pilots will announce themselves over a common radio channel, essentially the same procedure for how one would fly into a municipal airport without a tower. Once airborne, pilots will communicate with Chicago TRACON, an FAA radar facility in Elgin. Departures will organize by departure time, and hold short of the runway until the arriving plane clears. Then the first one up will announce and take off.

“The air traffic system is a resilient system with multiple backups in place. This shift is a regular execution of a longstanding contingency plan to ensure continued operations. Each facility across the country has a similar plan that has been updated and tested in recent years,” the FAA said. “The safety of our staff and the traveling public is the FAA’s top priority. Our controllers, inspectors and others with critical safety or security sensitive roles are essential components of our national airspace.”

This is a breaking news story- check back for updates.

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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

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