During routine maintenance a substance suspected to be asbestos was found in a piece of equipment in the Canberra air traffic control tower.
We subsequently evacuated the tower to ensure the safety of our air traffic controllers.
Alternative air traffic control services have been put in place to ensure minimal disruption to services while we complete further testing, which is being carried out now.
We will provide further updates as we have them.
Update: 3:45pm AEST
Testing has confirmed no asbestos has been found in the tower.
Air traffic controllers are returning to the tower.