Lyon airport shut down after police chase on runway

Lyon airport shut down after police chase on runway

Lyon airport shut down after police chase on runway

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

The auto hurtled across the restricted runway area with police cars and a helicopter in pursuit following a chase along a nearby motorway, a police source said.

France experienced a day of travel chaos today when Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport was forced to close down for several hours and cancel over 80 flights when a vehicle smashed through the perimeter fence of the major French hub and drove onto the runway.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which led to the suspension of all flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, France's third largest.

The dramatic auto chase was captured on amateur video.

The motive of the driver, whose identity has not yet been made public, was not clear, the source said.

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As police closed in, the man then jumped out of the vehicle and ran away on foot.

There he rammed automatic glass doors near the main entrance to Terminal 1 and drove through the building, injuring a worker and smashing through another set of doors before emerging onto the runway, where he was chased by about a dozen police vehicles as well as a helicopter. Highway police and a police helicopter started a pursuit, the regional government said in a statement.

The driver first broke through a security barrier at the Lyon-Bron business airport before changing direction and heading to Lyon's main Saint-Exupery airport about 20 kilometres (12 miles) away.

There, the man rammed through more security barriers.

All air traffic to and from the airport was halted while the chase went on.

The airport, located 20km from the center of Lyon, handled over 10 million passengers in 2017.

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