Operations restored at Aurora air traffic control center

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AURORA - Federal Aviation Administration officials say full air traffic operations have been restored at an Illinois control center that was damaged in a deliberately set fire on September 26.

Federal officials say air traffic controllers at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora resumed control between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Monday.

According to authorities, a contract employee had cut cables and set fire to a telecommunications room in the basement of the facility.  The incident forced the temporary shutdown of Midway and O'Hare international airports, canceling thousands of flights and disrupting travel across the nation.

As a result of the incident, Federal Aviation Administration officials say they will conduct a review of security protocols and contingency plans for its major facilities.
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