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Major delays at Melbourne Airport after fire alarm goes off in air traffic control tower

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Air traffic controllers at Melbourne Airport have returned to their desks after a fire alarm went off in the tower this morning, prompting an evacuation.

The evacuation occurred just after 9am, forcing all inbound flights to enter a “holding pattern” unable to land.

Staff were able to enter the tower again just before 10am, but many flights have been delayed from taking off and passengers waiting for inbound aircraft are experiencing lengthy delays.

Grant Smith, spokesperson at the airport, told Tony Jones they are working through the backlog now.

“Flights were affected, both inbound and departing,” he said.

“We’re now working through the schedule to get everyone back on time.”

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Craig said he was sitting on a plane bound for Brisbane, which has been unable to take off.

“The captain came over and said the traffic tower had been evacuated,” Craig said.

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