FAA: Flights in and out of Chicago resuming ‘at reduced rate’

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The status board shows multiple canceled flights after a small fire at the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora disrupted air service though out the region Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in Terminal 1 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
(Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune)

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Some flights are arriving and departing from Chicago “at a reduced rate” after a fire deliberately set at an FAA radar center grounded more than a thousand planes in Chicago and across the country, police and FAA officials said.

“Flights that were already in the air destined to the Chicago area were allowed to continue at a reduced rate or proceed to an alternate destination,’’ the FAA said at 10:30 a.m.  “Flights have begun arriving and departing to and from the Chicago area at a reduced rate.”

The small fire in the basement of the Aurora facility was apparently set by a man who was found with self-inflicted wounds by emergency crews who responded around 5:40 a.m., police said.

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