Burst pipe at Dulles Airport causes diverted flights

WASHINGTON — Crews at Dulles International Airport are working to restore normal operations after a burst water pipe in the airport’s control tower triggered an alarm and forced an evacuation that resulted in the diversion of some flights to other airports.

Some arriving flights are diverted to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport Monday morning.

Some flights Monday morning are canceled.

If you are flying, you will want to call your airline to confirm your flight status.

Chris Paolino, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said early Sunday the tower had reopened but arrivals and departures remained limited.

Single-digit temperatures and frigid winds gripped the Washington area over the weekend, resulting in power outages and frozen or burst water pipes in a number of areas.

Dulles International is the nation’s 23rd busiest airport. It served nearly 10.6 million passengers during 2013, the latest year those statistics were available from the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

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