Mon, Oct 27, 2003
Fire Alarm Sends Everybody Into Parking Lot
The tower at Raleigh-Durham
International was evacuated for a short time Friday night after it
filled with smoke.
Nobody was hurt, but normally unflappable controllers were sent
scurrying into the cool night air nonetheless.
The FAA says the smoke apparently came from an overheated
There weren't any flight delays. ATC personnel were sent to an
auxiliary facility in the airport's Terminal A.
"It was very orderly," said Kathleen Bergen, an FAA spokeswoman
She said the auxiliary facility was up and running within five
minutes of the tower evacuation.
The main tower was declared safe and controllers went back to
work there about a half hour after the 10:30 p.m. EDT alarm.
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