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Phoenix plane diverted to Tucson due to fire alarm at Phoenix air traffic control tower

TUCSON (KVOA) - A plane bound for Phoenix was diverted to Tucson after the Phoenix air traffic control tower was forced to a fire alarm Monday afternoon.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, flights departing for Phoenix were temporarily halted due to the fire alarm.

The FAA released the following statement in connection to the incident.

The FAA briefly evacuated the Phoenix air traffic control tower due to a fire alarm. Phoenix TRACON assumed the airspace, per our standard procedure if the tower closes. Controllers returned to the tower around 3:40 p.m. local time.

The FAA temporarily halted flights departing for Phoenix from airports within about an hour’s flying time of there.

Please monitor for current airport conditions.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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