Flights in and out of Sydney have been grounded after smoke was detected in the airport’s air traffic control tower.
The tower was evacuated just after 11am on Friday, with firefighters now on scene.
“There is a full ground stop in place with no aircraft departing or arriving at this time,” an Airservices Australia spokeswoman said.
Sitting on plane, captain says “smoke in @SydneyAirport control tower, fire trucks on scene “. Hope everyone is ok but may mean a slow trip home
— Tim Napier (@jstabloodyfarmr) March 29, 2019
Former Greens senator Scott Ludlam tweeted shortly after 11.30am: “flight crew just announced the sydney air traffic control tower has been evacuated”.
It has suddenly gone VERY quiet at Sydney Airport. Nothing in or out, diversions everywhere. pic.twitter.com/kSvLZDl3uf
— Dr Darren Saunders (@whereisdaz) March 29, 2019
Due to the Sydney Air Traffic Control tower being evacuated, there are currently no aircraft flying in and out of Sydney Airport. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. To check your flight status, click here: https://t.co/m479B0nZMc
— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) March 29, 2019
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