The commissioner of the Federal Aviation Administration wass in Aurora Friday afternoon, surveying the damage and the recovery effort at the air traffic control facility. This is where a contractor tried to commit suicide last week and set the place on fire, resulting in commercial flights by the hundreds being cancelled across the country. Flights are still being cancelled.

“This is going to be an opportunity to go through with the administrator, take a look at the damage that’s been done, and more importantly, the progress that’s being made to restore it, and ask some basic questions. How did we get in this mess, where one man could drag in a suitcase with a can of gas in it and literally shut down air operations all across the United States?” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).


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U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) are also part of the visit. They’re concerned about the slow pace of recovery, and about finding ways to prevent incidents in the future from having such widespread effect.

The FAA hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13. 

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