Hanover airport shut after vehicle driven near runway

Hannover Airport halts flight operations following security incident | International Flight Network

Incoming and outgoing flights have been suspended until 8 p.m, although the airport terminal remains open.

He managed to drive several hundred metres before being stopped.

Police alleged the man was under the influence of drugs when he drove the Poland-registered vehicle through a gate and onto the apron, German news agency dpa reported.

The man was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

A Hanover police spokesperson told DW that the man in his mid-20s drove out onto the runway and followed a plane from Greece's Aegean Airlines after it had landed. No one was hurt.

Takeoffs and landings were halted while police experts examined the auto.

Hannover police said on Twitter that officers stopped the auto and overwhelmed the man.

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The man was believed to have acted alone.

The driver could have been on drugs as the incident unfolded, NDR said, adding that the quick on-site drug test was "positive".

Federal police said the man's motive was unclear but there was no indication so far the incident was terror-related. Take-offs and landings of planes were suspended. They said the man wasn't carrying an identity card.

On Twitter the International Flight Network posted: 'Hannover Airport (HAJ) has now halted operations.

It is not yet clear how long flights will remain suspended.

Hannover Airport (HAJ) is the ninth-largest airport in Germany, handling 5.8 million passengers in 2017.

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