Flights suspended at German airport after car incident

Flights suspended at German airport after car incident

Police cars stopped the vehicle and officers overpowered the driver. Photographs from travellers at the airport appear to show an Aegean Airlines A320, whose taxi seems to have been impeded by the auto.

The man drove his BMW onto the airport apron after forcing open a gate, and was pursued by police until he came to a stop underneath a Greek airline's Airbus A320 that was standing on the tarmac with 172 passengers on board, a police statement said.

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Germany's Hannover Airport was temporarily shut down Saturday afternoon after a man reportedly used a vehicle to break through a gate in an attempt to drive on the facility's runway.

Check-in for some flights remained suspended as of 1830 GMT while police investigated. Reports say that the man has been detained by the police. A quick test showed blood levels of cocaine and amphetamine. Bomb disposal experts examined the auto but found no risky objects.

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A similar incident occurred in September this year in Lyon, France, when a auto which had been driven the wrong way down the motorway breached security barriers and encroached onto the runway at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport.

Millions of people fly through it every year, but it is not considered one of Germany's major hubs. The incident originally unfolded at around 1530 local time, and the airport said that flights resumed at 2006.

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"Flight operations are now suspended", Hanover police tweeted, adding that the man drove onto the apron area at about 3.40 p.m. (1440 GMT).

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