Flights Resume After Equipment Issue Grounds Flights Around Nation’s Capital


Robert McGreevy Contributor
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Flights resumed at all Washington, D.C.-area airports approximately one hour after an air traffic control issue suspended flights Sunday evening, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Twitter.

The FAA announced a pause on all inbound flights and issued a ground stop due to a communications system issue at their Potomac Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility. Shortly afterwards, the agency announced that D.C.-bound flights from New York, the West Coast, the Midwest and Florida had resumed.

While repairs were made, all communications systems were handled by a backup system, according to the FAA. During the repairs, all departures from Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) and Dulles International (IAD) airports were subjected to a ground stop, the AP reported. The ground stop also affected the Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) and Richmond International Airport (RIC), according to FOX5. (RELATED: Biden To Appoint Acting FAA Chief With No Airline Industry Experience: REPORT)

One hour after they issued the ground stop, the FAA announced departures had resumed after repairs were made to a communications power panel.

While some outlets reported the equipment issue was due to a fire in a control tower, FOX5 reports an FAA representative said there was no fire.