BREAKING: Chaos at Sydney Airport as control tower is evacuated and placed in lockdown – grounding all flights
- All flights in and out of the airport were grounded after evacuation on Friday
- Planes were circling over the airport as they were unable to land on the tarmac
- Airservices Australia said control tower was evacuated after smoke was seen
The control tower at Sydney Airport has been evacuated and placed into lockdown.
All flights in and out of the airport were grounded after the evacuation on Friday.
Planes were circling over the airport as they were unable to land on the tarmac.
The control tower at Sydney Airport has been evacuated and placed into lockdown (stock image)
Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded onboard planes waiting to take off.
One passenger reported that a pilot announced there had been a fire in the control tower.
Airservices Australia said the control tower was evacuated after smoke was detected.
‘There is a full ground stop in place with no aircraft departing or arriving at this time,’ Airservices Australia tweeted.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesperson said 20 people needed to be evacuated from the control tower, news.com.au reported.
The ‘systems issue’ affecting the control tower was resolved about 12pm, Nine News reported.
Frustrated passengers vented their anger while waiting in long queues for delayed flights.
‘Everybody saves up for the school holidays… and all of these people are cancelled. It’s terrible,’ one passenger said.
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