Flights suspended after vehicle chase on runway at French airport

Sep 11, 2018, 01:08
Flights suspended after vehicle chase on runway at French airport

An amateur video on social media showed the auto being chased by several police vehicles.

He was later detained.

The airport's operator said a Twitter that after an "incident" traffic had been suspended until further notice.

PARIS Pursued by police vehicles, a man smashed a stolen auto Monday into security barriers at two airports in Lyon, southeast France, and then crashed through two glass doors of a terminal and sped onto the runway, before being arrested.

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A spokesperson for the Rhône prefecture said of the incident: "Around 10.30 this morning an individual travelling in the wrong direction on the A43 motorway was pursued by members of the motorway CRS (police) and a helicopter from the National Gendarmerie".

After continuing for a few metres the driver then abandons the vehicle while it is still moving and tries to flee on foot.

He then headed toward Lyon's Saint-Exupéry worldwide airport, before ramming the vehicle through two glass doors and through a terminal building, Reuters reported, citing police and law-enforcement sources.

Local government press officer Christelle Monteagudo told the Associated Press that officials have not yet determined the motive for the incident and are ruling nothing out at this point.

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Another eyewitness told BFM TV how he saw the auto "drive through an automatic gate at the terminal, making a deafening sound in the process".

An AFP journalist who was waiting in one of the planes on the runway saw police vehicles pursuing the man.

Multiple police officers, police cars, and a helicopter chased him before ultimately detaining him, Reuters reported, citing police.

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