This Is What It Looks Like When You Shut Down a Major Airport

Hundreds of flights have been canceled to and from O'Hare and Midway airports.

BySusanna Kim
September 26, 2014, 11:10 AM

— -- Air traffic around Chicago has come to a halt because of a fire at an FAA Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.

Police said the fire was extinguished but there is an ongoing investigation.

PHOTO: Flightradar24 posted this photo to Twitter on Sept. 26, 2014 with the caption, "Still no air traffic above 10,000 feet in Chicago ATC. 240+ flights canceled to/from O'Hare & Midway airports."
Flightradar24 posted this photo to Twitter on Sept. 26, 2014 with the caption, "Still no air traffic above 10,000 feet in Chicago ATC. 240+ flights canceled to/from O'Hare & Midway airports."
@flightradar24/Twitter

As of 9:05 a.m. ET, Flightaware.com reported 446 cancellations to and from O'Hare and Midway airports, 13 percent of their daily schedule, and 107 delays. Flightaware.com said the number of cancellations and delays will “rise considerably” over the next few hours.

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ABC News' Matt Hosford contributed to this report.

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