Driver crashes through Lyon airport terminal and speeds on to runway

11 September, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Carlos George
  • Air traffic was halted due to the airport car chase

He then fled the vehicle and ran along the runway as multiple police cars chased him, as caught on video.

Flights at an worldwide airport in Lyon, France, have been grounded after a man rammed a vehicle into the terminal building the sped onto the runway, before eventually being detained.

The incident prompted the suspension of all flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, France's third largest.

Police confronted a white Mercedes seen speeding down the wrong side of the road before smashing into a security barrier at Lyon-Bron business airport.

A white auto can be seen speeding through a field toward the runway at Lyon's Saint-Exupéry worldwide airport on Monday.

"Pursued by police, he smashed through Terminal 1 before reaching the runway area", the government prefect's office said in a statement.

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"While we were waiting on the runway to take off the pilot alerted us that there had been a "major incident" and the airport had been closed", Martial Leveque, 59, told AFP.

The driver then jumped out while the vehicle was still rolling and sprinted off on foot, pursued by a police van.

A police source said the man's motives were not yet known.

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

After continuing for a few meters the driver then abandons the auto while it is still moving and attempts to flee on foot.

Followed by the forces of law and order, he drove into Terminal 1 with his auto before getting to the runway, where he was overpowered by those forces and arrested.

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