Why 3 DC airports shut down on Monday evening

WASHINGTON DC — Three area airports were temporarily shut down on Monday evening causing delays and multiple questions as to what caused the shutdown.

Flights into and out of the three airports were affected by a construction-related evacuation at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Virginia.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport were all closed.  Flights were cancelled for hours.

According to the FAA, a facility in Leesburg, Virginia, that handles high altitude flights over the area was evacuated about 6:40 p.m. as a result of fumes from construction work.   With the facility closed, flights had to be cancelled or redirected.

The FAA said in a statement that air traffic controllers resumed operations at the facility about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

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