Last updated: 12:31 PM ET, Fri June 26 2015

FAA Bringing In Portable Control Tower To Tulsa

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | June 26, 2015

FAA Bringing In Portable Control Tower To Tulsa


The Federal Aviation Administration is bringing a portable control tower to Tulsa International Airport today, two days after fumes overwhelmed and sickened several air traffic controllers.

The tower was evacuated twice on Wednesday, according to KFOX23, once in the afternoon when three controllers and a manager were treated with oxygen and again later in the evening.

The decision was made to close the tower. A preliminary analysis of 10 samples found that hazardous particles were below detectable limits, but it was later determined that the fumes were believed to have been caused by chemicals from a cleaning crew.

There were little to no delays in flights from Tulsa. The FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association had a facility in neighboring Kansas handle traffic in and out of the Tulsa airport, which handles on average 2.5 million passengers per year.


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