Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Flights suspended at Hanover airport after man drives vehicle onto runway

Flights suspended at Hanover airport after man drives vehicle onto runway

Local media report that the airport's terminals remain open to travellers.

Police have said there is no indication of a terror motive.

In a statement given to the press at around 1930, the police at the airport said "Officers from the Federal Police were able to stop the auto and overwhelm the man".

The man was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

Bomb disposal experts were examining the vehicle, which police described as a routine measure.

No one was hurt, Hannover police said. Police officers were able to stop and detain the driver.

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They think he 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".

Departures and landings of planes resumed shortly after 8:00pm (local time) after being halted for about four hours. Police said they couldn't give further information on where he came from because he wasn't carrying an identity card. According to Eurocontrol, the airport remains closed until 20:00 UTC'. Authorities eventually towed away the vehicle and searched outside the airport for other possible threats.

It wasn't immediately clear how long flight operations would be suspended.

Hannover airport handled 5.87 million passengers previous year, though it isn't one of Germany's top hubs.

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