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FAA chief to visit sabotaged Chicago-area facility

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the Federal Aviation Administration plans to visit a Chicago-area communications center that was sabotaged by a fire that shut down Chicago's two international airports.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will tour the center and meet with Illinois' congressional delegation on Friday before addressing reporters. Lawmakers have called for an investigation into how a former contract employee entered the building with a suitcase a week ago without causing suspicion.

Federal prosecutors say 36 -year-old Brian Howard of Naperville started a fire in the basement telecommunications room before attempting to commit suicide.

At the height of the travel misery, more than 2,000 flights in and out of Chicago's airports were canceled, disrupting travel nationwide.

The FAA says it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

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