Flights halted after man speeds onto France airport runway

Flights halted after man speeds onto France airport runway

Kerry Wise
September 11, 2018

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

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 auto smashed through the perimeter fence of the major French hub and drove onto the runway.

The dramatic runway chase, witnessed by an AFP journalist waiting on a plane at the airport, was captured in another amateur video shared thousands of times on social media.

More than a dozen police cars and a helicopter pursued the fugitive up the wrong side of a motorway before he broke through security barriers at the Lyon Saint Exupery worldwide airport.

There, he rammed into automatic glass doors near the main entrance to Terminal 1 and drove through the building.

It shows the vehicle hitting a bump at one point, being lifted off the ground by the impact and then landing in a cloud of dust.

The suspect was arrested by police, but a motive has not been given for the incident.

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

Officials said that earlier the man smashed through a security barrier at Lyon-Bron business airport, about 20 kilometres away, before turning back.

The intruder sought to flee on foot but was tackled by officers and arrested.

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

Before breaking into the airport, the unnamed suspect had driven up the motorway the wrong way for several miles and caused multiple accidents.

Flights have been halted at the major French airport.