Dick Durbin To Seek Probe Of Control-Center Sabotage That Caused Massive Flight Delays

<> on December 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has said that he will investigate how a man was able to start a fire at a control-center that caused massive flight delays. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | Mark Wilson via Getty Images

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that he will seek an investigation into how a contract employee was able to sabotage a regional control center and bring Chicago’s two international airports to a halt.
The Illinois Democrat told The Associated Press that he will ask inspectors general at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate whether there was a security breach when the employee entered the building early Friday with a suitcase without causing suspicion. He then started a fire in the basement telecommunications room before attempting to commit suicide by slashing his throat.
Brian Howard, 36, of Naperville, who had access to the control center in suburban Aurora via a swipe card, entered around 5 a.m. Friday, and about 30 minutes later posted a suicide note on Facebook, according to a federal criminal complaint.
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