Flights pushed back at Indianapolis International Airport

(WISH Photo, file/Erica Beringer)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Passengers waited in long lines inside Indianapolis International Airport on Friday after a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility shut down the city’s two airports.

Police said an employee intentionally set the fire. Emergency crews found the man in the basement with a self-inflicted wound and took him to a hospital.

Those hoping to catch a flight to Chicago from IND were greeted with a dozen cancellations, about a dozen delays and 300 passengers were diverted to Indy.

“You can’t frustrate yourself with things out of your control,” said Dr. Larry Maddox.

24-Hour News 8 watched as Maddox waited in line to see if he could catch a flight. Originally, Maddox was scheduled to catch a flight out of Chicago. When his flight got canceled, he rented a car and drove to Indianapolis to catch a flight to Atlanta.

“I’m trying to get to Fort Myers to meet my friends,” said Ruth Moore as she tried to find a flight to Florida.

Moore’s flight to Florida had been canceled and she found another flight on Saturday at 5 p.m., but that would not work either.

“I just found out about this 15 minutes ago. I’m still stewing,” said Moore.

Some passengers found their way back home by switching airlines. For instance, Victoria Thomas found a way to San Diego by changing airlines.

“I’m just happy I don’t have to take a 5:30 flight tomorrow and be here all night,” said Thomas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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